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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

National Signing Day 2011: DeMatha lineman Cyrus Kouandjio commits to Auburn

By Washington Post editors

UPDATED 2:35 P.M. More on Kouandjio's decision here

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Cyrus Kouandjio / DeMatha offensive lineman / 6-foot-7, 300 pounds

DeMatha All-Met offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said he did not sleep much Tuesday night before making the decision to venture on his own to defending national champion Auburn.

Kouandjio's older brother, Arie, is an offensive lineman at Alabama, the other school that Cyrus strongly considered. While DeMatha has sent hundreds of players to play college football, Arie Kouandjio is believed to be the first Stag to join the defending division I-A champion.

However, earlier in the week, DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor said that he felt Cyrus would not be pressured to join his brother in Tuscaloosa, sensing that Cyrus wanted "to be his own man."

When it came time to sign a National Letter-of-Intent on Wednesday, that is what Cyrus Kouandjio did, signing with the Tigers and becoming the second DeMatha player to join a defending I-A national champion. Kouandjio said during a press conference that was broadcast on ESPNU that he will play for Auburn, but he has yet to sign a letter of intent. More to come. Updated here.

First team All-Met: Dominant blocker consistently cleared the way as the Stags often stayed on the ground to move the ball. Did not allow a sack as the Stags advanced to WCAC title game for the 19th time in 20 seasons. Generally considered among the nation's top recruits.

Video of Cyrus Kouandjio discussing his final four schools.
Earlier: OT Cyrus Kouandjio down to Alabama, Auburn (Feb. 1, 2011)
2009 feature story on Cyrus Kouandjio and his older brother Arie, a 2009 All-Met now at Alabama.

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By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 12:06 PM ET
Categories:  Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha, Football  
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Comments

Did he sign the letter? Some peeps in Auburn are a bit antsy.

Posted by: jfowler21061 | February 2, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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