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2017 5-Star DE Joshua Kaindoh Verbally Commits to Maryland Over Penn State, Notre Dame, Others

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Penn State misses out on one of the nation's top players. At least for now.

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In news that wasn't surprising for most, five-star 2017 defensive end Joshua Kaindoh (IMG Academy, Fl.) committed to Maryland on Saturday, choosing his hometown Terrapins over Penn State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan.

Kaindoh, who is ranked as the No. 22 overall player in the 247Sports Composite rankings, immediately becomes the cornerstone of the Terps' 2017 class, for obvious reasons. The 6'6, 256 lb. defensive end joins four-stars Cam Spence, Kasim Hill and Jordan McNair at the top of Maryland's surprisingly strong class thus far.

The Nittany Lions (and the rest of the teams in his top-four) will surely keep recruiting Kaindoh as vigorously as possible, especially with the Terps yet to have played a game under new head coach D.J. Durkin yet.

There is a lot of positive energy around the Maryland program right now, which is expected with bringing in a head coach who worked under both Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer, along with the other solid hires they've made to fill out the staff. The benefits of said hires are showing up big time in recruiting so far. James Franklin (as well as other coaches in the area) are going to have to step their game up in order to continue to convince some of these DMV kids to leave the area for college.