Rising star defensive end/outside linebacker Joshua Kaindoh (Mt. Carmel/Essex, Md.) picked up an offer from the University of Maryland Feb. 27 and a day later he was in College Park, Md., for his first campus visit. The local sophomore said he had a “really, really good time” for Maryland’s second junior day, and liked meeting the coaches and seeing what UMD was all about.
“I thought Maryland was great and me and my teammates had a real good time up there,” said Kaindoh, who already holds early verbals from UMD, Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State. “Talking to the coaches, seeing their plans for the future, seeing the school, going to the basketball game – it was great. I think Maryland, with what Coach [Randy] Edsall is doing there, is going to do big things in the very near future.”
Although there was much that caught his attention, Kaindoh was immediately drawn to the Under Armour gear. He said he tried on a red Pride jersey with the No. 7, which is the number he wears at Mt. Carmel.
“The Under Armour stuff they have there is sick – Maryland is loaded with great gear,” Kaindoh said. “I liked trying on all the jerseys and stuff; it was a lot of fun and I took some pictures and put them on Twitter.”
Kaindoh also said his Terps area recruiter, John Dunn, had a long conversation with him, giving him the lowdown about the school. The Mt. Carmel product called Dunn “a very good person to talk to” and “very informative.”
“We had a personal conversation, and it was good. He was asking about school, football, my family, things like that,” Kaindoh said. “It was great to meet [Coach Dunn] and talk to him one-on-one. I look forward to meeting him again and building a relationship with him. He was telling me how he’d love to have me back to Maryland for a spring practice, and I plan to do that sometime in March.”
The Essex recruit said the new facility plans caught his eye as well. He talked up the new indoor fields inside Cole Field House, the tunnel the school is building and more.
‘The future plans and what they’re building – Maryland’s going to be looking real nice,” Kaindoh said. “It’s going to be pretty awesome.”
The basketball game between Maryland and Michigan left an impression too. Kaindoh said he thoroughly enjoyed being in the Xfinity Center for UMD’s 66-56 victory over the Wolverines.
“That was my first basketball game, and it was really good. I loved it,” Kaindoh said. “I loved the fans and the students and just how the team played. It’s a good place to be – the atmosphere is great in there.”
Now that he’s seen the school, Kaindoh said he’s “definitely” going to be looking at the Terps even more moving forward. He wasn’t aware of the DMV-to-UMD movement that’s taken hold in the area, but he does have his eye on Maryland early.
“Right now I couldn’t tell you exactly what I’m thinking with recruiting because it’s so early, but Maryland is the hometown school and I’ll definitely keep them up there,” Kaindoh said. “Coach Edsall, when he offered me, I was really honored. He said he liked my film, how I played and how it would be nice to have me there. And I think it is a nice school, and it’s great that they want me. Maryland is a school I watched growing up, so it’s great to have an offer from the hometown.”
The only other campus Kaindoh has been on is West Virginia’s, which he called “Ok.” Next up he’s set to see Penn State March 28, and in the summer he plans to check out Ohio State, Florida State and Alabama.
Kaindoh isn’t aware of his stats from last year, but he said he did “very well.”
“I consider myself a good pass rusher who can also play well in coverage,” Kaindoh said. “But I do need to work on my technique, my hand placement and things like that.”
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