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5-star defensive lineman wants to be a doctor. Can he pass our anatomy pop quiz?

Welcome to The Crootletter (sign up to get this in your inbox every morning!). I'm Bud Elliott, SB Nation's National Recruiting Analyst, and in this space I'll be sharing news, rumors and musings on the world of college football recruiting.

Josh Kaindoh is one of the best recruits in the country. The five-star defensive end from outside Baltimore plays at the IMG Academy in Bradenton (Fla.). At a chiseled 6'6, 260, he looks like an NFL player.

He's also committed to Maryland, a major coup for new head coach D.J. Durkin. And along with four-star defensive line teammate Cam Spence, he is trying to bring other elite players to play for the Terrapins.

But after football, Kaindoh wants to do something few recruits pursue: become an orthopedic surgeon. So, of course, I sprung an anatomy pop quiz on him after IMG Academy's spring scrimmage. Watch the video to see how he did.


SB Nation surveyed 31 of the 300 top recruits in the country on a variety of topics. Granted, sample set is very small, but Clemson was one of the biggest winners.

In this survey of 31 top-300 recruits in the 2017 class, these kids repeatedly rate Clemson higher than you'd expect. That makes sense after a near-title, but hang on. That includes a No. 1 ranking for Best Coaching Staff, beating even Nick Saban's. Maybe the sample size means we have a high percentage of Clemson recruits (though all are being recruited by everybody, and two-thirds are still uncommitted), but it's clear the Tigers are making the right impressions on a lot of young players.

Clemson has also paid attention to social media better than any other program, winning various Best Social Media Account awards by college football outlets. (This sport has awards for everything.) When recruits spend half their lives on their phones, you'd better look cool and fun on their phones. You can almost fill an entire Google search results page with Dabo dances going viral, and like you, I can't believe "Dabo dances going viral" is an important football thing, but this is nearly the year 2020, y'all.

Want a complete list of scholarship offers and targets for Northwestern? Here you go.

Oregon's recruiting isn't going so well, so let's read a recap of the last month or so of happenings.

I find top-10 lists for recruits pretty annoying, because a kid usually knows who his top couple schools are and can only take five official visits, but five-star RB Cam Akers announced his. Ohio State is one of the standouts.

Oklahoma State landed a commitment from a pretty good three-star defensive end.


The Pac-12 is looking a bit like how the ACC did in the 2000s: lots of good teams, no national title contender. Don't let it become a trend. Hurry back, USC.

A domino fell in SEC West QB recruiting that impacts Texas A&M, Ole Miss and LSU.