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Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 9:09 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

It appears Cyrus Kouandjio is headed to Alabama and not Auburn after all. Announcing on Twitter, his brother and current Crimson Tide offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio declared that his brother would be headed to Tuscaloosa to join him.

The news was confirmed by recruiting websites Scout and Rivals. Cyrus later posted on his Facebook page that he would be joining the Tide’s class of 2011 as well.

"I think he was back and forth; it was a tough decision," Kouandjio's coach, Bill McGregor told MaxPreps. "He had one foot in and one foot out. As long as he's happy, I'm happy. He's going to work hard and I'm sure he's going to be very successful."

MaxPrep’s third-ranked player overall and top offensive tackle, Kouandjio announced that he would be attending Auburn in a televised ceremony on Signing Day. Shortly after the announcement however, word came out that his letter of intent was not faxed to the school.

After briefly considering Iowa as a destination, Kouandjio was supposed to select either Auburn or Alabama this weekend and then make an announcement on Monday at his high school.

Nevertheless, the 6-foot-7, 300 pound offensive lineman gives Alabama a major boost in an already impressive class of 2011. The Tide now have nine MaxPreps Top 100 members and should capture the top spot in the MaxPreps’ team recruiting rankings no matter what number one overall player Jadeveon Clowney decides to do.


Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 3:42 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

How can you be split on a decision between two hated rivals? It clearly means this kid doesn't get it, he chose Auburn, then flips to Alabama. I would imagine growing up you love one and hate the other like in most rivalries, but this is the SEC we are talking about so maybe Alabama paid him more than Auburn in the end.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:56 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

This is sad people.  Why does anyone on either side (UA/AU) care about this one kid.  So he's highly rated, he's one kid.  The real story is in his contribution to the unit of linemen.  ONE great lineman doesn't necessarily translate into less sacks on the QB.  It's pathetic to watch you Auburn fans and Bama fans make some of the most ridiculus statements back and forth to each other.  There are some Bama fans who are sour about losing, but Aubie fans, you are so dang sensitive.  Why do you get upset because Bama fans don't like you? Why care?  As some one posted on this thread moments ago, just shut up and keep winning and stop worrying about what Bama fans think or say about you.

Congrats on winning the NC Auburn, but don't come expecting me to bow at your almighty feet.  You'll be good if you only lose 4 games next year (and I mean that sincerely).  If Chizik guides you through next year with less than 4 loses, than I will consider your program to more established.  If you end up like Texas was this past year, then I expect you to shut up and get back to winning.  You won't keep up with Bama if your only way of winning is plugging with juco transfers.  Bama has 5 this next year, you guys have 10.  You won a NC with juco transfer, I know, but how many times do you expect to do that well recruiting from that pool of players.  I hope Auburn stays strong because it makes the games and season so much better, so don't take me wrong, but don't expect me to drink the Aubie kool-aid either.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:51 am

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

LOL at all the garbage posters that come out from Bama.  Auburn would have loved to have this kid, and still have a fantastic top 10 recruiting class.  

To the Bama fans who picked up the trash talking already... One year anomaly?  Really?  We've beaten you 7 of the last 9 years and you still can't get over that, I suppose.  Beat us next year, then tell us how great you are.

Last time I looked, AU won the NC game THIS year.  Until you EARN the respect you get by winning the Iron Bowl, shaddup already.
One lineman will not earn you much... yet.

Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:04 am

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

Why are you Auburn fans so angry and desperate? It's really pathetic how you celebrate such mediocre accomplishments and try to argue and force people into recognizing your school as a national football powerhouse. The reason you're in Alabama's shadow is because you keep yourself there. If you would shut-up, keep winning and quit desperately trying to prove yourself to be worthy of the elite college football programs then maybe you will one day get the respect you deserve. You have to actually do something great to become great. You can't just win against your rival roughly 50% of the time and call yourself their equal. Go a decade losing only 11 games, stay on top of college football for 20 years while winning 6 national titles, win back to back championships...something great. The elite are the elite because they did these things. And remember that without Alabama's elite status, Auburn is irrelavant. No one would know who you are and no one would care. It's Alabama's tremendous success that drives you to be a great football program. So quit whining, keep winning and one day you will get the respect you deserve. Btw no one cares how many Heisman's you have. It sounds pathetic when you all say things like "Auburn has 3 times as many heisman's as bammer" so just stop.

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2011 10:36 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

exactly what has your hawkeyes won lately? That's tight nothing! Auburn has made
that so called winner a loser 7 of the last 9 seasons and 8 of 11 years. Since Bryant
stepped down Auburn has won 17 of 30 meetings. The series is only a handful of
games from being tied. For some reason you outsiders have the impression bammer
has always dominated AU but that's BS. This ain't duhOSU and NW you're dealing with.
Auburn has 3 times as many heisman's as bammer and will win another before bammer
gets a sniff at one. By the way how's your school handling it's lil player situation? Where
was your coach when the players health was in question? Where was his statement. Oh yeah,
he was missing in action on the recruiting trail. By the way Kouandjio didn't chose your
hawkeyes either huh? He was ready to go to Auburn after only one visit. His idiot dad said
he changed from bammer to AU cause Auburn was to nice to his son on his only visit. The kid
also played in an allstar game with some AU recruits and struck up friendships with em. That
is why he felt like Auburn was the place for him. Let's see how pops likes seeing his son lose
four in a row to the Tigers in the Iron Bowl. I wish the kid luck cause he, lil nicky and bammer
will need it to turn this Navy tide! What the nation doesn't understand is Auburn does not, has not
and never will fear bammer. matter of fact we look forward to rippin em a new one every year.
It took that 2009 bammer NC team 58+ minutes to get the lead over an awful AU defense and
their heisman winner had less than 50 yards. Matter of fact as bad as our defense has been
made out to be bammer's top RB's haven't cracked 100 yards combined the last two years.
Reality is often much different from perception. WDE!

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 10:34 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

Maybe it was a translation issue.  Initially he thought mom and dad said "Go where the cows are..." 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 9:24 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

he was absolutely sure.  However he didn't realize that his parents were just kidding when they said to "go where his heart was"...

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 4:21 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

smiles, do some research next time, it might save you from sounding like a fool. 

If you've seen the videos and scouting on this kid he is far from fat and unhealthy (300 pounds, but 6-7, and hardly any body fat).  And it wasn't his ego, he was obviously just torn over this decision after a recent visit to Auburn. watch this video and you can see he was just being a confused kid highly influenced by his father:

Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 2:43 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

He picked a winner over a one year anomoly....who can blame the kid.....fact is with no scam Newton at Auburn they are an 8-4 team last year and worse this coming year. Smart decision if those were his 2 choices!

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2011 2:38 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

It is great news to hear that Cyrus will be joining Arie Kouandjio and the Crimson Tide family!  What a wonderful decision this is, and I think he'll feel right at home not only because of his brother being there, but that is the spirit of the University of Alabama: its nature.  That is how I felt my four years at the capstone, and for those who mock the educational quality, consider Greg Mac!  I received my degree in Mathematics, and it has served me well.  After all, your college experience is what you decide to make it, and when Cyrus said that he was dedicated to hard work, I felt he would decide on Alabama eventually.  And remember Joe "Willie" Namath returned to Bama years later and earned his degree.  Welcome, Cyrus Kouandjio!!  We Tiders are so glad to have you and your brother.

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