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February 4, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Meet the newest Huskies: Lakes’ Benning Potoa’e, Marysville-Pilchuck’s Austin Joyner highlight deep class on defense

Defensive line

RICKY McCOY, 6-3, 294, Fresno, Calif.; Roosevelt HS

Three-star recruit made a verbal commitment to UW in December. Had previously been committed to Arizona … played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla., last month … listed as the No. 68 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by Scout … ESPN ranked him the No. 20 tight end in the country.

BENNING POTOA’E, 6-3, 265, DuPont, Wash; Lakes HS

Named to Seattle Times all-state team … trained with UW’s Hau’oli Kikaha last summer and will begin UW career as a “Buck” linebacker … had posted 19 sacks, 72 tackles and five forced fumbles as a senior in 2014 … four-star recruit considered the state’s No. 1 prospect and No. 179 overall prospect by Scout … played in the Semper Fidelis All-America game … younger brother of former UW defensive lineman Sione Potoa’e.

MYLES RICE, 6-4, 220, Houston, Texas; George Bush HS

Earned first-team honors on the All-District 23-5A team as a senior in 2014 … Committed to the Huskies on Oct. 2 and tore his right ACL during a game two weeks later … earned first-team All-District 23-5A as a junior, his first year playing football … ranked by ESPN as the nation’s No. 97 defensive end recruit … also played basketball and ran track at Bush.

JASON SCREMPOS, 6-6, 252, Milpitas, Calif.; Milpitas HS

Three-star recruit committed to UW in September … named the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) De Anza Division Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2014 … helped the Trojans to a 12-1 record, the De Anza League championship and a trip to the CIF Central Coast Section playoffs … led the league in sacks and finished with 55 tackles … had notched 99 tackles and led the league with 12 sacks as a junior … rated as the nation’s No. 96 defensive end recruit by Scout.

BRYCE STERK, 6-4, 229, Lynden; Lynden HS

The Northwest Conference 2A/3A MVP as a senior in 2014 … also a unanimous all-conference first-team selection on both lines … recorded 147 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior … in 2014, helped Lynden to a 12-2 record, a league title and a trip to the 2A state title game … in 2013, the Lions went 14-0 and won the 2A state championship … Lynden coach Curt Kramme: “There were games this year where (the opposing offense) would not run at him. They would run the other way every time.”

Linebackers

TEVIS BARTLETT, 6-3, 215, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Cheyenne East HS

One of the more intriguing athletes in UW’s class … Three-star recruit committed in December, choosing UW over Oregon, among other offers … A standout quarterback for East, throwing 4,112 yards and 34 touchdowns and rushing for 3,613 yards and 46 more TDs in his prep career … rushed for 1,081 yards and 17 TDs and passed for 1,179 and nine TDs as a senior … also had recorded 44 tackles … 2013 Gatorade State Player of the Year for Wyoming … three-time state wrestling champion heading into his senior season … entered his senior year with a career record of 136-5 … won national wrestling titles (for his age group) as a freshman and sophomore … won national championships in … also a standout on the track team, participating as a sprinter, thrower and jumper.

D.J. BEAVERS, 6-0, 202, Culver City, Calif.; Crespi Carmelite HS

Had credited with 95 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior in 2014 … Named to the MaxPreps California All-State Division I first-team defense … also named to CalHiSports all-state first team … earned the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Defensive Player of the Year … named to the Los Angeles Times all-area team and the CIF Southern Section All-Pac-5 team … ranked as the No. 56 prospect in California and the No. 44 OLB in the nation by Scout.

BEN BURR-KIRVEN, 6-1, 202, Menlo Park, Calif.; Sacred Heart Prep

Named the MaxPreps All-Northern California Defensive Player of the Year and Division III State Player of the Year as a senior in 2014 … also a MaxPreps Small Schools All-American as a junior and senior … led the Gators to a 13-0 record, the PAL-Bay Division title and the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division crown in 2014 … led the team in tackles, with 116, despite missing much of the first half of his senior season because of an Achilles tendon injury suffered during track season … notched 204 total tackles (136 solo), six sacks and four interceptions while rushing for 451 yards and 11 TDs as a junior … ranked the No. 43 middle linebacker recruit in the country by Scout.

KYLER MANU, 6-1, 224, Pocatello, Idaho; Highland HS

Three-star recruit committed to UW in September … plans to enroll at UW in time for spring ball … named the USA Today Idaho state defensive player of the year … earned All-Idaho first team from the Idaho Statesman as both a junior and senior … No. 4 recruit in Idaho and the No. 86 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.

JUSSTIS WARREN, 6-2, 226, Tacoma; Lincoln HS

Played running back, linebacker and defensive end for Jon Kitna at Lincoln … had 106 tackles, 18 sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions in 2014 … named a “red-chip prospect” by the Seattle Times and earned first-team 3A all-state from the Associated Press … rated as the country’s No. 112 outside linebacker by Scout.

Defensive backs

AUSTIN JOYNER, 5-10, 192, Marysville; Marysville-Pilchuck HS

Four-star recruit named state’s Defensive Player of the Year by The Seattle Times and the Gatorade state Player of the Year … played in the Semper Fidelis All-America game … rushed for 1,768 yards and 32 touchdowns on just 133 carries as a senior in 2014 … averaged 13.4 yard per carry and scored every 4.2 touches … also had three punt returns for touchdowns and threw a 46-yard TD pass … set M-P school records with 5,593 career rushing yards and 538 points scored … helped Tomahawks to an 11-2 record, the WesCo 3A North title and a berth in the state 3A semifinals in 2014. … won the 2014 state 3A long jump championship with a leap of 23 feet, 5 1/2 inches.

JORDAN MILLER, 6-1, 164, Oceanside, Calif.; Oceanside HS

Three-star recruit committed to UW in July … first-team All-CIF Southern Section in 2014 … played on a Pirates team that went 14-1, won the Avocado-West League championship and the CIF San Diego Section title before advancing to the final of the CIF Division I state championship, where they finally took their first loss against Jake Browning’s Folsom team. … ranked as the No. 76 prospect in California and the No. 88 cornerback in the nation by Scout.

QUINTEN POUNDS, 6-1, 175, Cypress HS (Cypress, Calif.)

Listed as an athlete entering UW. … Named to the CIF Southern Section All-Southwest Division first team as a receiver and named MVP of the Empire League … was the team’s leading receiver with 29 catches for 570 yards and eight scores, and its leading rusher with 788 yards and 11 TDs and also passed for three scores … had 11 interceptions as a junior in 2013 … ranked the No. 89 recruit in the state and the No. 94 safety prospect in the country by Scout.

EZEKIEL TURNER, 6-1, 192, Pasadena, Md. (Glen Burnie HS/L.A. Pierce CC)

Junior-college transfer enrolled in classes at UW in January … played just one season at L.A. Pierce and had 35 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception, which he returned 80 yards for a score … ranked the No. 4 junior college safety recruit in the country by ESPN.

Specialist

A.J. CARTY, 6-2, 270, Santa Ana, Calif.; Servite HS

Played two seasons on the varsity as an offensive lineman, but was better known as a long snapper prospect … listed as a five-star recruit and the No. 3 long snapper in the nation by Rubio Long Snapping … was the top performer at the Rubio Long Snapping Fall Camp in 2014 … one of three finalists for the 2014 Chris Rubio Award, given to the nation’s top high school long snapper … rated the No. 6 long snapper in America by ESPN.

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