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.