Joshua Kaindoh (Top Defensive End) Commits to Maryland Football
Maryland Football Receives Verbal Commitment From Top Defensive End in 2017 Class
Last weekend, The University of Maryland received a verbal commitment from Joshua Kaindoh. Kaindoh is rated the number one defensive end by Rivals.com and the number two by ESPN. He is also rated by Rivals.com as Florida’s second-best player and the fourth overall recruit in the country for the class of 2017.
Kaindoh is originally from Essex, Maryland but moved to Florida to play for IMG Academy. This is the first five-star player that might play at Maryland since Damian Prince, an offensive lineman in 2014, and the first top 10 nationally rated player since Stefon Diggs, a wide receiver in 2012.
Kaindoh’s verbal commitment is a big accomplishment for the new Terrapins Coach DJ Durkin. Durkin has been focusing on recruiting players with ties to Maryland. He has signed 16 players with ties to Maryland, including Kaindoh’s IMG teammate Cam Spence from Gilman, MD.
Kaindoh originally played at Mount Carmel in Baltimore County for Daryl Jackson. Since then, Kaindoh has evolved into a 6-foot-5, 235-pound force with a 4.7 40 yard dash.
Coaches at IMG describe Kaindoh as one of the most quiet and reserved players on the team. With a passion for biology and aspirations to be a medical school student, Kaindoh is described as an balanced young man focused on both football and education with equal pursuit.
He doesn’t talk a lot. When he does talk, he’s very cerebral. He’s a guy that kind of goes out and let’s his play speak for him.” – Coach Kevin Wright
Source *Washington Post*
At this point, all Maryland Football fans should be praying that Kaindoh holds true to his verbal commitment. With colleges such as Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame and Michigan also pursuing Kaindoh, Maryland may have some trouble holding his attention.
“Looking at his progresssion from his freshman to sophomore year in Maryland, to this year down at IMG Academy…you see this monster running around on the field. He took his production to another level, and against some excellent competition. He’s just an outstanding football player, someone who I think has almost limitless potential” – Adam Friedman, a mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst for Rivals.com
A verbal commitment from Kaindoh may also motivate other major recruits to look Maryland’s way. Many recruits with ties to the Washington D.C. area are still available, including the fourth best defensive end in the country by ESPN, Chase Young from DeMatha High School.
I know all Maryland fans are anxious to see how these next couple of seasons play out in regards to recruitment. For now, check out some highlight film from Joshua Kaindoh and begin anxiously awaiting for what could be.