Five-Star Lineman Enjoys Auburn Visit

Big Cyrus Kouandjio talks about his official visit to Auburn.

Hyattsville, MD--The nation's top offensive tackle prospect took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and has the Tigers squarely in his sights as he prepares to make his decision on national signing day this Wednesday.

Big Cyrus Kouandjio from Dematha Catholic High has offers from all over the country and one of the schools he's been interested in for a while has been Auburn. Finally taking a visit to the Plains over the weekend, Kouandjio said that he enjoyed everything about his trip.

"It was fun," Kouandjio said. "They took me around town and I got the meet the players. I got the see the dorms and the life down there. I think it was worth it. I really enjoyed it. I liked just spending time with the guys and just hanging out basically."

Having already taken visits to Alabama, New Mexico and Iowa, Kouandjio is expected to makes his final choice this week. He said for him it will come down to heart.

"It's a gut feeling for me," Kouandjio said. "I'm more of a feeler than a thinker. It's all about the gut feeling. It's in the air right now.

"I'll probably sit down sometime from tomorrow until Tuesday night and make my decision," he added. "I'll talk it up with the family and see what they think and if they have any suggestions. At the end of the day it's all on me."

With his brother Arie a freshman at Alabama it would seem to be the leading choice for Kouandjio but he said that won't impact his decision at all when the time comes.

Hosted on his visit by Auburn sophomore offensive lineman John Sullen, Kouandjio said that they got along well and having someone with local knowledge helped him on his trip to get a better feel for the town.

"He's a cool, down to earth guy," Kouandjio said. "I really enjoyed spending time with him. I thank them for all the time they spent on me. He knew everything because it's not like it's new to him or anything."

One of the biggest areas of need for Auburn in 2011 are up front on the offensive line where the Tigers will lose four starters. He said that was a big push from Auburn's coaching staff, a staff that he enjoyed having the chance to talk with.

"There's a big opportunity for me there to get some significant playing time in my freshman year," Kouandjio said. "A lot of their line is leaving. It leaves a big opportunity for me is basically what they said.

"I feel as if he knows his stuff," he added of Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. "I hear that he's pretty good. He has been given a lot of opportunities at different levels but he turned them down. It looks like he has really good character to him too."


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