Maryland appears to at least be in the running for Joshua Kaindoh, the No. 1 weak-side defensive end in the class of 2017. A Maryland native, Kaindoh currently attends Florida powerhouse IMG Academy, but says he plans on going "up north" for college.
Kaindoh doesn't seem to have any frontrunners yet, which is good for the Terps. Maryland missed out on 4-star defensive end Terrell Hall in the class of 2016, and would love to add a player who can step in a contribute right away after losing Yannick Ngakoue and Quinton Jefferson to the NFL Draft.
"I just want to get around," he told reporters in Orlando this weekend at a regional Nike recruiting camp for The Opening. "I haven't really been anywhere."
Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Maryland were the five schools he mentioned when asked which ones he was most interested in at this point in his recruitment. Maryland's angle? Kaindoh is from the Baltimore area, and it's common practice for IMG players to return to their home regions after spending a season or two at the Florida powerhouse where DJ Durkin is now trying hard to make a mark.
He mentioned Ohio State's Larry Johnson, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Penn State's James Franklin specifically as coches he's liked so far, along with coaches from Notre Dame, Rutgers and FSU.
He clearly hasn't had much contact with Durkin. That will probably change soon.
"I'm trying to start my relationship with the dude from Maryland," he said. "They got their new staff and all that."
So, not a ringing endorsement of the Terps by any means, as he didn't seem to recall Durkin's name, but a mention here is notable nonetheless.
It won't be easy. The Terps have all the stiff competition one would expect when chasing after Kaindoh, who also said he wants to be a doctor.
Still, the fact that he even put Maryland in the same breath as the rest of those schools is a good sign, and it bears mentioning that DJ Durkin likes recruiting in Florida.
Enjoy Kaindoh's junior-year highlights below: