Washington has received a verbal commitment from Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel linebacker Zaydrius Rainey-Sale.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defender is the top-ranked recruit from the state of Washington in the Class of 2025. He chose the hometown Huskies from a group of finalists that also included Oregon, Florida State, Miami, and Penn State.

Rainey-Sale announced his decision live on the 247Sports YouTube page. When asked what separated the Huskies, he said the coaching staff and everyone in the program made both him and his family feel like they were home.

“Every time I was there it was a great moment and a great time. Every time I was with [co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach William] Inge, he would always teach me something new every time I would see him,” Rainey-Sale said. “He would make me a better player and a better man, so that’s why I chose UW.”

It’s a major win for the Huskies just hours before Washington plays in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Rainey-Sale is a 4-star recruit in the industry-generated 247 Composite and he’s ranked as the No. 21 linebacker in the class. Overall, he’s the No. 172 recruit in the country.

He could play off the ball or on the edge as a disruptor. The latter part of his game shows up well on tape. As a junior, he was credited with 65 tackles, six tackles for loss, and four sacks in six games. As a sophomore, he collected 5.5 TFLs and four sacks with 53 tackles in nine games.

The Huskies now hold three known commitments in the 2025 class. You can view Rainey-Sale’s highlight tape below, via Hudl: