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Committany Nation: Updates on Josh Kaindoh, Nathan Proctor, and More

Plenty of news on the ‘crootin trail for the Big Ten East Champions.

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Josh Kaindoh De-Commits From Maryland

In a not surprising turn of events, following his official visit to Penn state, five-star defensive end Josh Kaindoh de-committed from the Terrapins Sunday night.

Kaindoh will now be announcing his commitment at the Under Armour All-American game, which also happens to have current Penn State commits QB Sean Clifford and OG C.J. Thorpe playing in it, as well as CB Lamont Wade.

It’s not expected that Kaindoh will re-commit to Maryland, meaning that his finalists should be Penn State, Florida State, Georgia (plans to visit there Dec. 2), and potentially Alabama. The Nittany Lions are leading the way in 247’s Crystal Ball predictions, with a 56% to 20% lead over the Seminoles. Both national recruiting analyst Steve Wiltfong and Lions247’s Sean Fitz have Kaindoh pegged for Happy Valley.

If you’re reading the tea leaves and have followed Kaindoh’s recruitment, just about everything points toward Penn State being the choice. It was the last school he visited before deciding to de-commit, the Nittany Lions have had a massive turnaround this season, and geographically it makes a ton of sense for Kaindoh who would like to stay close to his parents in Maryland. Unless he’s blown away by Georgia or Alabama — or pops up on Florida State’s campus in the coming weeks — I have Penn State as the clear favorite here.

Impact Of Zack Kuntz’s Commitment

Penn State landed Zack Kuntz, the top 2018 tight end in the country, and it impacts the Nittany Lions in a couple of different ways.

One, at this late stage, Penn State probably wasn’t going to take a tight end in the 2017 class anyway. But with Kuntz and fellow four-star Pat Freiermuth onboard, it’s pretty much a lock that Nittany Lions will pass on a tight end this go around.

Secondly, look for LB Charlie Katshir to eventually make the call for the Nittany Lions. He’s close with Kuntz, and while the two aren’t a package deal, this certainly can’t hurt matters. I expected Katshir in the class regardless, but Kuntz should only speed up the process.

Top 10 CB Ambry Thomas Officially Visited Penn State

The Nittany Lions’ strong season continues to pay dividends on the recruiting trail as Michigan cornerback Ambry Thomas also visited Happy Valley this past weekend.

Thomas has long been a Michigan lean, but perhaps James Franklin and company did enough to at least make it interesting down the stretch. Unfortunately, Thomas still has an official visit to Michigan scheduled, so it’s tough to see him ending up anywhere but Ann Arbor.

Linebacker Nathan Proctor Sets Up Penn State Official Visit

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten an update on Nathan Proctor, but the Maryland prospect has announced his official visit schedule.

Earlier in the recruiting process, it was expected that he’d stay local, and thus why Penn State, Pitt, Maryland, and Virginia Tech were the rumored leaders. With him now visiting UCLA and Ole Miss — and the fact that he doesn’t speak with the media a whole lot — it’s anyone’s guess as to where Proctor ends up. Either way, the Nittany Lions will get the second-to-last visit, hosting Proctor on January 20.

2019 DT Visits Penn State For The Second Time This Season

2019 recruiting is still a ways away, but one name to continue to keep an eye on is New Jersey DT Antonio Alfano. He was back in town for his second visit this season — first visiting for the Maryland game — so he definitely has a lot of interest in Penn State. Should be one of the very best 2019 recruits; i.e top 50 level prospect.

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