Terp's Eye on the Future…Cyrus Kouandjio

2011 prospect Cyrus Kouandjio of DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) is a man-child on the line this year. His impressive play has led to seven offers this early in his junior season. Without a doubt there will be more to follow.

Cyrus Kouandjio made a big splash this past spring at the Scout.com Combine in Baltimore, MD. It was clear of the potential he holds right from the beginning. Kouandjio moved well for only a sophomore and did a good job of physically dominating players that day. He has long arms and does a good of keeping his leverage and balance. Standing 6'6" and weighing close to 300 pounds, Kouandjio actually looks like he could handle another 30-40 pounds. He can be a solid tackle and start multiple years on the next level. That is why Scout already has initially ranked him as a four-star player. Coaches share that opinion as well as he already holds seven offers. Other than Maryland, Boston College, Iowa, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and West Virginia have all offered the talented junior.

Cyrus has an older brother Arie, a senior at DeMatha Catholic. Arie is a three-star lineman and is being very highly recruited himself. Although Cyrus will be sure to receive more offers over the next year or so, the only schools that are on Aries' final eight and Cyrus' list right now are Maryland and Wake Forest. This is the kind of impact that Maryland needs to make. They need to be on the interest lists of the big time prospects, especially in-state. Although Arie is still uncertain about which school he will attend Maryland is on a list with schools such as Cal, Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee. Cyrus will have similar schools and it speaks to the ramped up recruiting effort and focus of the Maryland coaches.

Rumors have it that Cyrus has Maryland at the top of his list. Most fans and coaches know rumors get you no where but hard work and establishing a solid relationship ultimately leads to success with recruits. It is clear that the current staff at Maryland has put a high priority on the local players that can make an impact on the next level. They are on recruits early and often. Cyrus is a player that can solidify a position for a few years. He is a rare talent and Maryland has identified that early and is taking the necessary approach when wanting to secure a commitment from one of the top players in the country.

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