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Five-star defensive lineman Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy (Fla.) has committed to Maryland, he announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
Kaindoh, who is ranked as the No. 1 weakside defensive end and the No. 4 overall prospect in the country in the class of 2017, is listed at 6-5, 241 pounds.
He is a native of Essex, Md. who played high school football in the state before transferring to IMG.
For a time, 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball had pegged Maryland as the favorite to land Kaindoh. Only days later, he released a list of four schools that were to be his finalists and Maryland was not among them.
Now, he has committed to the Terrapins.
In the first full recruiting cycle under head coach DJ Durkin, Maryland continues to build a class worthy of already being one of the nation’s 25 best.
Kaindoh becomes the first five-star player, according to Rivals.com rankings, and is paired with four-star quarterback Kasim Hill and four-star fellow IMG defensive lineman Cam Spence. The class also includes highly regarded local three-stars Jordan McNair and Ayinde Eley.
Since moving to the Big Ten, beefing up both the offensive and defensive lines has been a priority. With former Virginia head coach Mike London as the team’s defensive line coach, that continues.
Watch highlights of Kaindoh below.
Ravens fourth-round pick Willie Henry is going from one coach Harbaugh to another. After playing defensive tackle for Michigan’s Jim Harbuagh, Henry will play for John Harbaugh, after the Ravens selected him with the 132nd overall selection.
Clearly, the Ravens received inside information on Henry, and were impressed enough to take him. During a conference call, Henry was asked about playing for another coach named Harbaugh.
“It’s going to be great,” Henry said. “Two great coaches who know what they’re talking about and have great schemes…I can’t wait to go play for another coach Harbaugh. Right now, I’m just ecstatic.”
The Ravens are fairly well stocked at defensive tackle, starting with Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan. However, the Ravens like rotating tackles to keep them fresh, and Henry will be given an opportunity to play his way into the rotation. Henry was particularly strong against the run at Michigan, and he also brought consistent pressure up the middle on opposing quarterbacks.
After trading down in the fourth round, the Redskins have chosen Temple defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis in the fifth round (No. 152 overall).
At 6-3, 299, Ioannidis is not huge but he is very powerful and able to stand up to double teams. He played both inside and outside with the Owls but it is likely that he will stick to the inside with the Redskins.
Ioannidis is known as a tough, muscular player who can succeed in a two-gap system. He is primarily a run stuffer but he showed some ability to rush the passer as well.