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Posted at 6:16 PM ET, 02/ 5/2011

Cyrus Kouandjio: DeMatha OL commits to Alabama, faxes in letter of intent

By James Wagner

Three days after telling a national television audience that he wanted to attend Auburn, DeMatha's Cyrus Kouandjio committed to Alabama on Saturday and faxed in his letter of intent, according to his father and his coach.

Widely considered among the top recruits in the country, Kouandjio opted for Alabama, where his brother Arie is a freshman offensive lineman. Kouandjio, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound senior, refused to sign a letter on intent on Wednesday, saying he had "buyer's remorse" and was unsure of his decision.

At around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Kouandjio announced his decision on Facebook.

"Thanks for all the love and support from the state of Alabama," he wrote ". . love all the new relationships i have made throughout this process. . but at the end of the day. . ima keep the fam together and i must say. . . . ROOLLLLL TTIIIDDDEEE!!!"

Kouandjio's father, Jean-Claude, said his son's most recent official visit was to Auburn, the weekend before National Signing Day on Wednesday, and that was at the forefront of his son's mind when he announced his decision.

"It turns out he wasn't sure at all," Jean-Claude Kouandjio said. "The last thing in his mind was the last visit he did."

According to his father, Cyrus Kouandjio was flooded with Facebook messages, friend requests and text messages - which helped sway the decision.

"The opinion was heavier towards towards Alabama," Jean-Claude Kouandjio said. "The friends that wanted him to go to Alabama was heavier than Auburn. So he paid more attention to them."

By James Wagner  | February 5, 2011; 6:16 PM ET
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