Elite DE recruit Joshua Kaindoh puts Notre Dame in top four


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Joshua Kaindoh announced his top four Wednesday night, and without context the list makes sense for an elite defensive end recruit.

Kaindoh, with a post on Twitter, listed Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan as his top four schools.

The most shocking part of the list was the exclusion of Maryland, where Kaindoh's family resides and the rumored front-runner in his recruitment. In the last week, Maryland took the lead for Kaindoh on the 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Shortly after the announcement, Adam Friedman, Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst for Rivals, tweeted, "I'm sure I'm not the only one surprised that #Maryland isn't in Kaindoh's top 4."

The 6-foot-6, 256-pound Kaindoh visited Notre Dame last weekend with Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy head coach Kevin Wright. The two arrived in South Bend late Thursday night and stayed until Saturday afternoon.

"He’s a very bright kid," Wright said of Kaindoh last week. "He wants to study medicine when he gets to college. He’s a tremendous player but also a tremendous student. That’s one of the draws to Notre Dame."

Rivals rates Kaindoh as a five-star recruit, the No. 1 weakside defensive end and No. 4 overall regardless of position in the 2017 class. 247Sports slates him as a four-star prospect and the No. 4 weakside defensive end.

Below are highlight's from Kaindoh's junior season at IMG via Hudl.

Thank you to every school that has offered me with an opportunity to attend their University, but here is my Top 4.

— Joshua Kaindoh (@_jkaindoh) April 21, 2016

Five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh visited Notre Dame for the Blue-Gold Game. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)