All-Met lineman chooses national champs
DeMatha All-Met offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio, the top remaining uncommitted player locally, on Tuesday afternoon committed to play for Alabama.
Kouandjio, who is 6 feet 5 and 315 pounds, also considered Southern Cal and New Mexico. He previously had eliminated Maryland from consideration.
"When it came down to it, I felt the best place for the next four or five years for me is Alabama," Kouandjio said. "They have a lot of good tradition as far as their offensive line goes and a good tradition in football. They have a really good fan base and a strong support system.
"Their offensive line coach [Joe Pendry] has been around the game a very long time. I couldn't give up the opportunity to be coached by him."
Kouandjio said that he was rooting for the Crimson Tide in its national championship game against Florida, but the victory was not a significant factor in his decision making.
"It was the cherry on top," he said.
| February 2, 2010; 3:21 PM ET
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