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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: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:48 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

There are so many things to cover here, so bear with me.  First, let me just say how I wish LeBron never said he was 'taking his talents'. Now every hack with a mic in front of him says it.  Being 6'9" or weighing 325 in HS and never having to attend classes while getting your ego stroked is NOT a talent.  Playing Bruch on violin (well), that's true talent.  But I digress.  To the random couple Auburn fans saying or thinking this - it is not classy to wish blown out knees on a kid.  And the title and Heismann will be rescinded in 5 years, like USC, it just takes the NCAA that long to move - you know, when all the guilty parties are long gone because the NCAA is a joke like that.  Now, to my Bama 'friends' being all high and mighty right now toward Auburn, let's throw up a mirror and look at your recent history, shall we? 
1.) To all the people throwing Newton under the bus for taking the money (and running). does the name Logan Young ring a bell?  Let me remind you - the booster who paid $150k to recruit a kid, and gave $500k to the school, who ended up dead in 2006 under very suspicious circumstances?  Friend of Bear, if you will.  Case got swept under the rug by Memphis police - I am sure there was a bigger ring there that chose to keep things quiet by getting rid of one of the guys who could have implicated them all.
2.) To miked627, Lombardi may have not beaten UAT, but he also did not have the payroll Bryant did, either (thank you, first show's at 6, second at 9, second show is different from the first).
3.) To BoiseMike19 - yes, the check did finally clear.  That's why the late commitment, they came in with a final, higher counter offer.
4.) To tusctown - he went to UAT for an education?  Are you freakin' kidding me?  I'm sure he hasn't opened a textbook in 2 years, but wouldn't he have gone to Vandy or Ga Tech if he wanted an education?  I went to UAB and my friend went to UAT in the early 90's, non-athlete, regular student, and he even told me, and I quote,' Oh, you went to college to get a REAL education'.  I also would like to present the geniuses Kenny Stabler, Joe Namath, the Goode brothers from Town Creek, Alabama, who scored single digits on their ACTs and got into UAT, somehow.  But that was the past, you know, and I guess that is why McClain and Ingram, among others, stayed all 4 years, for their education, right?  Wait...what?  Never mind, they didn't stay - I guess the degree was not important.
5.) Last but not least, to UGAbiggestfan, saying Auburn should get death penalty for this one thing.  If any should get the death penalty, it should be UAT.  They have been on probation 5 separate times in the last 20 years, they were actually still technically on probation, but bowl eligible, when they beat Texas after the 2009 season (I refuse to call these NC until they have a true playoff, but another discusssion, another day), for the textbooks for cash scandal, because why would college students need textbooks - am I right?  McClain was given a free motorcycle during the 2009 season by a Tanner, Alabama, businessman, and only returned it after the season when the NCAA started sniffing around.  I'm sorry, he 'borrowed' it.  Their indiscretions are as bad, if not worse, then what SMU did in the '80's. 
All of this is a matter of public record, the motorcycle, the ACT scores, the death, so before you get all high and mighty, remember the skeletons in your closet.  I have no axe to grind myself, I just wish all the facts to be out there.  Do the research yourself, you'll find these things.  It is not that hard. 

Peace - a concerned citizen on a fact-finding mission.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:24 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

People are giving this kid a hard time for switching but they shouldn't. This is an extremely important decision outside of football as well. His indecision is a product of our lust and glorification of National Signing Day. He felt the pressure to make a decision that day because everyone was expecting it however he wasn't ready. This is our fault. I commend him for not following through for the sake of following through on something he was not comfortable with. Even if he had gone elsewhere I would still respect him for not doing something until he was sure and ready. We forget this is the start of a naitonal signing PERIOD and not just a signing day and kids don't have to make difficult decisions until they are ready. So please stop being so critical of someone when you are not in their shoes.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:34 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

Biggest issue hee is these kids--most of them completely devoid of any semblane of lass, loyalty, sense of keeping their word, etc.--make "commitments" to schools & then no one, incl. their parents, cares that heir kid is kinda-sorta a liar.
We need to stop getting meaningless commitments from these children, nd basically wait til they sign the LOI. Its these commitments, which are usually as worthless as they are, that piss people off when they arent kept. These people need to shut th eff up about wherethey're going & just sign....but they love the adoration & fawning that comes with the recruitingprocess. Its this entiement that has 60+% of ALL NFL players bankrupt & homeless within 10 yearsof their careers being over. Sad. This kid is almost certinly going to be amongst that 60% IF he's lucky enough to even get to the NFL.

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:07 am

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

Wow, you are an embarrassment to yourself and worse, you probably don't get it.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:02 am

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

Last year we (Auburn) benifited from a parent making the decison for their child and this year we get hurt by it.  Saban said on ESPN radio that the only part of signing day that he felt hurt them, was all 3 left tackles they tried to sign, signed else where.  He knew this prior to the Kouandjio announcement.  When asked if he recruited Kouandjio for that position, the answer was "No".  Now all of a sudden that is where he is going to play.  I tip my hat to Saban and Kouandjio's family for getting in there and changing his mind.  Sounds more like they forced their will upon him because he did not make the announcement with all the joy and jubilation his brother and parents did.  

Should make for a GREAT season for both teams with the players we signed.  Let's just keep the streak going and keep the Heisman and BCS trophy in the great state of Alabama!!!  Richardson and Dyer look to be two great canidates to keep the Heisman in state.  Both teams look pretty equal to complete for the BCS.  Alabama has the better Def while Auburn will have the better offense.  Trotter will be an awesome QB!!!

War EAGLE!!!     

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2011 10:58 am

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

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I wish this kid all the best, but man, to go on national TV and commit to a school only to retract your commitment 3 days! It's clear to me that Mr. Kouandjio wasn't sure about his initial decision and therefore SHOULDN'T HAVE WENT ON NATIONAL TV AND ANNOUNCED IT!!! I have never met the kid but what ever happen to keeping your word. I'm just disappointed in the conduct of this young man, he should've just waited (as Clowney is doing) until he was 100% sure of his decision before announcing his commitment.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 9:43 am

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

Those of us who consider ourselves adult posters on these sites have a more practical view of the our teams and actually offer very good insights and comments about our passions. Those of you who seek to loose sleep over lost recruits need to go on a sabbitcal until you come to grips with reality. There is nothing wrong with being disappointed in a particular players choice, but to evoke ill will on the player is very childish and quite ignorrant. Find something else to do with your life that live on the Web. 

If you really understood a NLI and recruiting classe ranks perhaps you would appreciate having a top 10 class. While having the top ranked class in various scouting services is great cocktail conversation, you are really playing a percentage game. In the end, 25-30% of the players of a recruiting class may acually reach their potential or play a significant amount of time on the field. Of those 7-10 players, you may have 4-6 that become true superstars. There are exceptions. The others become solid players. You have to have both sets. Over a given 5-year recruiting span, that potential allows you to have a constant stream of solid 14-20 starting players every year.  

Personally,  I do believe that there is significant higher degree of overall talent range in the TOP 6 class (An average of the the services), than exists in class ranking with 7-13, versus that of 14-25, and so forth. So, Consistently having Top 5 or 6 recruiting class is crucial to sustain national competitiveness. 

Therefore, the purpose of having a consistent top 5 class, some variations are allowed, is to sustain the competitive level required to place yourself in NC competition every year. Its more than just having a winning season, 10-2 vs 8-5. As a long time Tider and UA Alum, and I am sure there are many other school alumni who have witnessed the same, I have seen the results if inconsistent recruting from one year to the next.

While I am not a fanatic about the recruiting game, I tend to view the signings and rankings (Not just Football, but all of my schools sports) as more of a baromter of the consistent practice of the coaches commitment to target the top talent that will keep my school competitive for years down the road.    

Roll Tide!

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 9:41 am

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

as a Bama Fan Im happy, The kid just wanted to play with his brother, no politics involved. Im worried about the defensive side of the ball tho

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 5:57 am

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

I suppose every team, to their shame, has a few fans like you. Thank God there are only a few. As bitter as the rivalry gets, there's no excuse for wishing injury on any teenager. I've never seen or heard of a Bama fan praying for God to strike Cam Newton down with a career-ending injury. 
These are boys competing in a sport. Please seek mental help. You are seriously sick.

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:09 am

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

Ahh, classic. Good for him. Atleast he can realize a good/bad situation.

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