Josh Kaindoh, one of the top overall football recruits in the nation, has de-committed from the University of Maryland.
Kaindoh, a defensive end originally from Maryland but playing at IMG Academy in Florida, was the best recruit in D.J. Durkin’s first full recruiting class at Maryland. However, with the prospects of higher-ranked programs looming over him since he pledged last spring, Kaindoh is having second thoughts.
Announcing his decision via Twitter, Kaindoh thanked the university and Maryland fans, and, as far as anyone knows, the Terps are still in the running for his signature on a letter of intent. However, nobody will know until New Years Day at the Under Armour All-America Game.
The Terps still have a decent recruiting class, including four star quarterback Kasim Hill and Kaindoh’s teammate, defensive lineman Cam Spence. However, the loss of Kaindoh, the crown jewel of their class so far, likely hurts Durkin and his staff.
Still though, there is football to be played as the Terps defeated Rutgers Saturday to earn a berth in a bowl game at 6-6 on the season. Things didn’t play out well following a 4-4 start, but they were able to right the ship and qualify for postseason football, regardless of the reputation of whatever bowl they are selected for.
There will be more updates to come on Kaindoh’s decision.