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Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Cyrus Kouandjio: Where will he sign?

By Washington Post editors

National Signing Day 2011 has come and gone, but DeMatha offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio is still in the news. The All-Met and highly coveted recruit committed to Auburn on ESPNU shortly after noon but did not sign his binding National Letter-of-Intent and is now apparently having second thoughts.

In Josh Barr's story that appeared in this morning's Post, he reports that Kouandjio posted the following on his Facebook page: "not completely sure. . i just wanna b around the fam for a while and just . . . wait."

Kouandjio's father, Jean Claude, told The Tuscaloosa News that no announcement will be made before Friday at the earliest:

"If he makes a decision today, you will have it tomorrow in the morning," Jean Claude Kouandjio, the father, said. "He's still confused. We keep talking with him, I don't think he's ready yet. He's the one that who wants more time."

According to the newspaper, Cyrus Kouandjio is considering Alabama, Auburn and Iowa.

Charles Goldberg of The Birmingham News reports that Kouandjio's father would like to see Cyrus join his older brother Arie at Alabama:

"The best thing would be to go to his brother. His brother is already on the field. We know about the coaches. We know about Alabama," Jean Claude Kouandjio said.

Goldberg also reported that DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor spoke to Auburn's coaches on Wednesday and hoped that Cyrus Kouandjio would contact them on Thursday.

This video is a week old, but it has Cyrus Kouandjio discussing his final four schools: Alabama, Auburn, Iowa and New Mexico:

By Washington Post editors  | February 3, 2011; 11:08 AM ET
Categories:  Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha, Football  
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Cyrus... you or a family member needs to call the NCAA and ask about an ongoing investigation into the Auburn football program. Just check this our for yourself... you need good info. before you make your decision.

Posted by: racer50 | February 3, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he should consider staying closer to home. I'd suggest Maryland of Va Tech, but he seems like a good kid -- not the halfwit thugs they recruit. Maybe Virginia?

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | February 3, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I admire the fact he's taking his time like Darius Jennings because he's the one who has to live with his decision...NOT daddy BUT I would choose Bama hahahahaha NO Auburn for sure..bad taste in my mouth from Cam Newton!

Posted by: MDlady2 | February 3, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ozpunk | February 3, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Cyrus, take a hint from the poll. You would be much loved at Iowa. Follow your teammates Cooper and Coker.

Posted by: jon_mote | February 4, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Well let’s just say what most people think about the University of Alabama. Its football pursuits justify its identity with an uneducated backward population and symbolic link to the Lost Cause. It is truly ironic that the exploitation of a less-powerful racial group serves to inoculate the U of Alabama from pressure to improve the state or to stimulate change. Football "success" has stalled its transformation into a modern university with intellectual, aesthetic or humanistic concerns. The state of Alabama may be last in a lot of things but Bama fans can cite to the world that it is first in football.
Also the University of Alabama’s misplaced priorities (football fluff over economic substance) harm the state’s growth and development as the Crimson Tide football team is outlet for the lunatic fringe and a venue for them to be recognized. Too often though the holy crusade of Bama football acts as an umbrella under which the range of political and social opinion is from Y to Z. Thus when a university simply reflects the attitudes of its football fans..... It is no longer a university in the true meaning of the word.
The NCAA would actually be doing the University of Alabama a favor by handing down a 'Death Penalty' for its football team. It will be only then that its faculty, alumni and students will appreciate the scholarship and learning that mark a university with intellectual fiber and integrity. Indeed until that happens “roll tide” is the mortifying apology for those without individual self-esteem or dignity.

Posted by: PriesterJohn | February 5, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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