Maryland's Kouandijo Adds LSU

Maryland's DeMatha Prep is no stranger to top talent. For 2010, offensive lineman Arie Kouandijo leads the way – and the big man has turned plenty of heads on the collegiate level. With an LSU offer in hand, could head coach Les Miles and the Tigers nab the Old Line State standout?

The LSU staff has landed one offensive tackle commitment for 2010: Fort Scott’s Jermarcus Hardrick. Looking to add more to the plate, the Tigers have extended scholarship offers to a number of prospects across the Southeast.

Yet, earlier this summer, the Tigers looked north.

“The staff sent an offer to my house, and I was really excited,” Kouandijo said. “I had been talking to the coaches for a while, and I had a feeling that they might offer. Once they did, I was ready to move forward with finding out what the school is all about.”

Kouandijo, the nation’s No. 30 ranked offensive tackle, has certainly joined the LSU priority list.

“I talk with the staff once or twice a week,” he said. “I am trying to get to know all the coaches, because that relationship is big. Living in Maryland, I don’t have first-hand exposure to LSU and their brand of football, so using this time to figure those things out is how I am catching up.”

From what the three-star prospect has gathered, the style of play in Baton Rouge is right up his alley.

“After talking with the staff and watching games over the past couple of years, I know that LSU has the kind of football that I love,” Kouandijo said. “The team plays very fast, which is the tempo I like to keep. Some schools play slower, and slow is boring to me.”

With offers in from Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan, among others, the option to stay home for college is certainly available.

Yet, if the 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman leaves the Northeast, what schools could he end up at?

“LSU, Alabama and Miami are three schools that have offered that I want to take a hard look at,” Kouandijo said. “I am going to start putting together a lot of information on the different schools soon, and by the end of the summer I want to trim it down to five or seven choices.

“I have taken some visits already, but not a lot too far from home,” he added. “I think that I will be taking in those schools on my official visits.”

Cyrus Kouandijo, Arie’s younger brother, is one of the region’s top prospects for 2011. How will that effect the recruitment of Arie?

“It would be nice for us to play at the same school,” he said. “He is hearing from the same places as me … even LSU. Family and education will be big factors in my decision.”

Kouandijo has a 2.9 GPA and an SAT score of 1020.

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