When it comes to physical gifts, there aren’t many that compare to IMG Academy’s Johsua Kaindoh. He looks like he was sculpted to be the prototype defensive end in the NFL.
Everyone knows his high school team is loaded with talent, but there may not be a prospect on that team with the same kind of ceiling that Kaindoh has. He has special talent and has all of the tools to become a dominating player at the college level.
Seeing him in person at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in 2015, I got a true appreciation for what kind of athlete he is. He ran through the bags in agility drills like a linebacker as opposed to others he was competing with. He has exceptional lateral quickness and speed for his size.
He is still growing into his body and is going to be much bigger and stronger in few years than he is now. He has ideal arm length for the position and looks exactly who every coach would want a defensive end to look at that age.
Right now, the skills and the technique for Kaindoh don’t match up to his phenomenal physical tools. He shows tremendous flashes, but is missing a bit of consistency.
I’ve seen how explosive his first step can be, but his snap anticipation needs to improve. He can overwhelm many of the tackles or tight ends he plays against with his quickness. His ability to move laterally and shoot gaps is outstanding and he can be a penetrator on any inside move versus the run. He needs to improve his block recognition, but when he sees it correctly he does a great job of blowing up the trap violently and setting the edge versus the run.
I want to see him be more violent with his punch and establish himself on the other side of the line of scrimmage more versus the run. He plays with the flexibility and shows the explosiveness to do so more often.
He has tremendous upside as a pass rusher. Again, consistency with his get off is important. He plays with good effort to not give up on plays. He needs to learn how to match hands and develop more pass rush moves than an inside swim, but he is the kind of athlete that can rip and bend around the edge.
Kaindoh is someone that I could see start out as a weak side defensive end in a 4-3 and then grow into a player on the strong side. He could dominate a lot of tight ends as 7 technique.
Kaindoh reminds me a bit of 2016 defensive end prospect Josh King in that he has ridiculous physical tools, but hasn’t put them all together yet. He is further along than King was at the same time last year, though, and he has potential to become a dominant player versus the run and pass. I probably wouldn’t give him a 5 star rating quite yet, but there is no doubt he has the potential to be a no doubt 5 star player and one of the top prospects in the nation at any position.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)