Terp's Recruiting Target…Arie Kouandjio

2010 prospect Arie Kouandjio from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD is one of the best offensive linemen in the entire area. The three-star player has received an abundance of offers but has narrowed his list down to a final seven including Maryland.

Arie Kouandjio is a very highly regarded prospect. He stands 6'6" and weighs 320 lbs. He has the size and frame that will line him up as a tackle in college. He has long arms and very good feet. He is athletic enough to protect the quarterback in pass blocking as well. He shows good stamina as he continues to opens holes late in the game. He is very strong especially in his lower body. He won't be moved backwards. Even at his size he moves well and shows a good burst off the line. He can get to the next level (linebackers) in run blocking. Kouandjio is a good athlete for his size and can stay in front of the defenders. Because his high school is so dominating in the run game they do not have to pass often and Kouandjio will have to work on his pass blocking and picking up blitzes.

Maryland offered Kouandjio back in his junior year. That season he received All-State and All-Conference recognition. He helped his team to the conference championship and a 12-1 season. This season he has led the way for one of the state's leading rushers, Marcus Coker (1,321, 17 tds). His high school, DeMatha, is ranked 1st in the area, 2nd in the East Region and 18th in the country. He has received great coaching and is another top tier recruit from DeMatha.

Kouandjio is one of the most sought after recruits in the entire state of Maryland. He has accumulated forty-nine offers from schools all around the country. He has finally narrowed down his list and has a final seven schools of Maryland, Alabama, Cal, Notre Dame, Tennessee, New Mexico and Miami (Fl). He will further narrow his list to five and those schools will receive his official visits probably after the season. He has mentioned that Alabama and Cal will receive two of those visits. He has been to Maryland a few times already. Maryland has let some of the better linemen in the area get away recently and securing Kouandjio would certainly help change that trend. Kouandjio is a national recruit and Maryland needs to win some more of these recruiting battles. It should also be noted that Arie's younger brother Cyrus (2011) will be another big time recruit and the Terps have a chance to get both brothers. As with most linemen Arie will need to get stronger and work on his base technique but he has a chance to be a three year starter.


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