Tag:Arie Kouandjio
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 9:09 pm

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

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.

Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:54 am

Kouandjio still doesn’t have a decision

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Cyrus Kouandjio still doesn’t have a decision about where he’ll sign less than a day after publicaly announcing he would attend Auburn on ESPN. Kounadjio’s father told the Tuscaloosa News that there would be no announcement prior to Friday.

"He's still confused,” Jean Claude Kounadjio told the News. “We keep talking with him, I don't think he's ready yet. He's the one that who wants more time.”

Cyrus is ranked third in the MaxPreps Top 100 for the class of 2011 and is the top offensive tackle. His brother, Arie, was a top prospect from the class of 2010 who selected and enrolled at Alabama last year.

"He's deciding between Alabama, Auburn and even Iowa," Jean Claude Kouandjio said. "It may even come back to Iowa. He's considering his options even more now. Those three (schools) have been floating in his mind"

“He looked miserable when he made his decision (on national television),” Kouandjio’s head coach Bill McGregor told MaxPreps. “It was like a cloud of gloom.”

His father said they would discuss the matter once he returns from school this afternoon.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:22 pm

DeMatha coach says Kouandjio 'looked miserable'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Auburn fans won't want to hear it, but to listen to Cyrus Kouandjio's high school coach, his announcement today that he'd be playing for the Tigers left him far from satisfied.

Longtime DeMatha head coach Bill McGregor spoke to our colleagues at Maxpreps and told them that Kouandjio seemed "miserable" during what's typically one of the most joyous moments of a recruit's life:
"I figured everything was done (after the press conference) and all of a sudden Auburn calls and says that he hasn't faxed anything in.

"Then somebody said, 'Cyrus isn't happy with his decision.'

Kouandjio told McGregor, who is one of the nation's most successful coaches, "I don't know if it's the decision I wanted to make" ...

"The ironic part is that he looked miserable when he made his decision (on national television). It was like a cloud of gloom."
Kouandjio has reportedly elected to hold off on signing his letter of intent until a later date, a report he all but verified by writing on Facebook that he was "not completely sure" about his decision and would "just wait."

Putting that 2 together with the 2 of McGregor's comments, and it seems clear that Kouandjio's sure about very little regarding his decision at this point. Whether he ultimately sticks with his Auburn announcement, switches to the Alabama program to join his older brother Arie Kouandjio, or even throws the unthinkable curveball in the direction of New Mexico is anyone's guess right now ... including maybe even Kouandjio himself.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 1:15 pm

Cyrus Kouandjio pulls stunner, picks Auburn

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Cyrus Kouandjio, the nation's No. 3 overall recruit and top offensive tackle, said that his brother Arie Kouandjio -- a redshirt freshman at Alabama -- told him to follow his heart when it came to choosing where to sign today.

There's a lot of Crimson Tide fans out there wishing Arie had offered different advice, because Cyrus's heart has led him to choose the Tide's archrivals at Auburn. At 6'7" and 290 pounds , with an SEC -ready frame and top-grade upper- and lower-body strength, Kouandjio comes as ready-built for a college tackle spot as any prospect in the country.

Kouandjio had been considered an Alabama lean from the moment Arie committed last spring, but took an official visit to Auburn last weekend and came away impressed enough to turn next year's Iron Bowl into a family rivalry game on the field as well as in the stands.
With Kouandjio in place, Auburn will welcome not only the hands-down best offensive line class in the nation for 2011, but one of the best in recent memory. Joining Kouandjio will be No. 3 offensive tackle Christian Westerman , No. 16 guard Thomas O'Reilly , and highly-regarded center Reese Dismukes. The Tigers boasted arguably the nation's best offensive line this season, and if their success on the recruiting trail is any indication, they could boast the same honor again in the near future.

More Signing Day coverage   is here   at CBS.

Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:18 pm

SEC Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As always, National Signing Day promises to be a seismic day in the nation's most cutthroat recruiting conference, the SEC. Here's a rundown of what you'll need to keep an eye on:

Players to Watch

Isaiah Crowell , RB, Carver (Columbus, Ga.): Potentially the final piece in the puzzle of Mark Richt's "Dream Team" of a 2011 class, Crowell will decide between his home-state Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama. The Maxpreps No. 6 running back and No. 55 player overall, Crowell has all the gifts necessary to make a Marcus Lattimore- esque impact, particularly at a Georgia program desperate for a difference-maker at the tailback position. No recruit at any position at any team in the SEC is as big a "must-get" as Crowell appears to be for the Dawgs.

Cyrus Kouandjio , OT, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The No. 3 player in the country according to Tom Lemming, the 6'7", 290-pound prototype tackle (pictured) might hail from Maryland but nonetheless appears to be an intra-state battle between Alabama and Auburn. The Tide can offer Cyrus to chance to play alongside brother Arie Kouandjio (a redshirt freshman at Tuscaloosa) and are considered the team to beat, but the Tigers have made a late charge after Cyrus's visit to the Plains last weekend.

Jermauria Rasco , DE, Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.): Les Miles has already put together a stunning collection of homebred Louisiana talent for his 2011 class, but LSU fans may feel it won't be complete without the explosive Rasco, the Maxpreps No. 6 DE and a top-50 player overall. But to keep one of the most hotly-contested recruits in the country at home, Miles will have to fend off a serious charge from Florida State.

Teams to Watch

Few teams in the country (if any) close as well as the Tide, and if Nick Saban can land Crowell, Kouandjio, and consensus national No. 1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney (who you probably know by now will delay his announcement until Feb. 14), Alabama will lay claim to the nation's top recruiting class once again. Then again, even if they sign only one of the three, the Tide's class is so deep already they'll be in the mix for that honor all the same.

Georgia: It's not just Crowell; the Bulldogs are in play for several other major recruits, like Maxpreps No. 4 defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and mammoth JUCO defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins, who could have the same impact as the nose tackle in Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense that Terrence Cody once had at Alabama. Putting the finishing touches on what's already a terrific class could prove to be a critical turning point for Mark Richt's Georgia tenure.

Auburn: As much attention as their competition in Tuscaloosa, Athens and Baton Rouge have received of late, it's Auburn that sits at No. 3 in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings , and the Tigers could move even higher. No. 5 safety Erique Florence and coveted defensive tackle Gabe Wright are both expected to sign with Auburn, and Gene Chizik could also flip Mississippi State commitment Jermaine Whitehead, a prized defensive back. If Auburn can keep Alabama from re-flipping one-time Tide commitment Brent Calloway, their class should rank right alongside their in-state rivals.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

No one's going to complain too terribly much about Will Muschamp's finish on the recruiting trail, given the limited time with which he and his new staff have had to work. (Not to mention the presence of eye-popping skill position talent like ultra-polished quarterback Jeff Driskel.) But with Georgia and Florida State both poised to bring in substantial hauls, Florida fans still can't be happy about a class that stands at just 16 commitments today, or that Muschamp has added just two players to it since his hire. Finishing with big-time talents like fresh Auburn decommitment Marcus Roberson, blue-chip linebackers Curtis Grant or Stephone Anthony, or defensive tackle Tim Jernigan would go a long way towards soothing any frazzled Gainesville nerves.

Posted on: January 31, 2011 7:45 pm

Where's Cyrus Kouandjio going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Hyattsville (MD) offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. MaxPreps’ top offensive tackle and third-ranked player overall.

What’s the big deal: Frankly, Kouandjio is the 2011 version of Seantrel Henderson from last year. At 6-foot-7 and 325 pounds, Kouandjio is the perfect size for a dominating left tackle. He may be slightly ahead as a run blocker than as a pass blocker but he is athletic enough to hold his own no matter what. Strong and without much bad weight on his frame, most of his focus should be devoted to learning the playbook when he steps on campus.

When: He will announce on Signing Day at 8:05 AM ET at the Team USA vs. The World All-Star Game.

Considering: Alabama, Auburn, Iowa and New Mexico.

Best guess: Alabama. Kouandjio’s older brother, Arie, is a lineman for the Crimson Tide already and it seems like it would be tough to go against the thought of playing alongside one’s brother. Cyrus has been very adamant in public comments that he will make his own decision and his recent visit to Auburn was taken by many as a sign that the Tigers are a serious contender. It’s hard to see him passing up Alabama however, especially as hard as they’ve been recruiting him.

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