Editor’s note: This story was initially published Dec. 9 after Nasili-Kite’s commitment. It has been updated to reflect his signing.
Three-star junior college defensive end Mosiah Nasili-Kite committed to Maryland football Dec. 9, and he’s the latest official member of the Terps’ 2020 class after signing his letter of intent Wednesday.
“The struggle ain’t for everybody,” Nasili-Kite said in his announcement. “But I was always told that God gives the hardest trials to the toughest warriors and I’m excited to say I prevailed against the odds. I paid my debt for my past mistakes and am extremely thankful for the position I am in my life.”
Nasili-Kite originally joined the Washington Huskies as part of their 2018 class, but was dismissed from the team in the summer of 2019 after his redshirt season. He then transferred to Independence Community College, which was prominently featured on the Netflix series Last Chance U as a place for players to bounce back up to the Division 1 level.
Standing at 6’2, 298 pounds, Nasili-Kite is a strong-side defensive end who brings a mix of power and speed to the defensive line. In six games as a redshirt freshman in 2019, he tallied 13 solo tackles and 19 assists along with one sack.
Nasili-Kite will have three years to play three seasons, according to 247Sports. This means he has no ability to redshirt, so he should become an immediate factor.
He became the fifth commitment for Maryland in one weekend, and the fourth player from Independence CC to join the fold. His teammates included offensive guard Johari Branch, who announced his pledge on Dec. 7, while defensive tackle Ami Finau and linebacker TJ Kautai announced their commitments the next day. Those junior college prospected were also joined by high school running back Kyjuan Herndon out of Florida on Dec. 8.