5-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh commits to Florida State

IMG Academy (FL) five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh committed to Florida State Friday night, he announced on his Twitter account.

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound defensive end is a freak of an athlete with the frame of an elite pass rusher. He is rated as the No. 2 weak-side defensive end by 247Sports.

Kaindoh’s recruitment has been rather odd. In March, he visited Maryland with five other IMG players. Three weeks later, on April 20, he released a top four of Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame. On April 30, he committed to Maryland.

It does not stop there.

Kaindoh goes a whole summer recruiting other blue-chip prospects to Maryland. In an article published on Oct. 18, Kaindoh told The Diamondback’s Josh Schmidt that would be “coming home” and enrolling a semester early to help rebuild Maryland’s program.

In the third week of November, rumors started to swirl about Kaindoh reopening his recruitment or even flipping to another school; a visit with Penn State loomed. Kaindoh reopened his recruitment after the visit, to the apparent displeasure of his mother, who, on Dec. 7, told InsideMDSports’ Jeff Ermann that she was “heartbroken” and hoping for another change of heart.

None of this is normal — unless you are Landon Collins’ mom, who did it twice.

Kaindoh initially announced that he would be committing at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 1, but changed his plans this Monday.

As a result of his commitment tonight, Florida State has its second 5-star prospect of the class. Kaindoh’s commitment moves Florida State from the No. 11 class to No.7, widening the gap between the Seminoles and conference foe Clemson.

Kaindoh is the first defensive end commit for the Seminoles in the Class of 2017 and the second highest-rated commit in their class.

Edited by Max Marcilla

Jared Goldstein

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Jared is a Recruiting Writer and a member of the Audio Team for The Left Bench. He studies broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and is set to graduate in the spring of 2019. Jared has basically been a Terp his whole life, as both his parents, a couple uncles, an aunt, and a cousin all went to Maryland as well.