Maryland picked up a huge piece in its Class of 2017 when IMG Academy (Fla.) defensive end Joshua Kaindoh announced his oral commitment to the Terps on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
Kaindoh is rated as a five-star recruit and the No. 1 weak-side defensive end in the 247sports.com composite rankings. Rivals.com also rates him as a five-star recruit, and the service ranks him as the No. 1 weak-side defensive end, No. 2 player in Florida and No. 4 player in the country.
Maryland — which wasn't listed in a top four Kaindoh posted on April 20 — beat out Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State, among a national offer list, for Kaindoh's pledge.
If he stays true to his commitment, Kaindoh would be the highest-rated player signed by Maryland since Stefon Diggs in 2012, according to 247sports.com.
Kaindoh is the seventh commitment in the Class of 2017, and all seven have local ties. Kaindoh played at Mount Carmel in Essex before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his junior season. He's also Maryland's second oral commitment from IMG Academy after four-star defensive tackle Cam Spence, a former Gilman player, pledged earlier this month.