Arie Kouandjio talks recruiting, Michigan

Those that follow recruiting closely acknowledge DeMatha Prep as one of the top talent-producing programs in the country. This year's class is no different, with an abundant of players already holding BCS-level offers. What some might not know is that a reserved offensive lineman by the name of Arie Kouandjio may be the gem of this year's class.

Checking in at 6'5", 315 pounds, Arie Kouandjio is regarded as being very athletic and a natural knee bender. This sounds exactly like the type of player that a certain "School Up North" is looking for now-a-days.

"I talked to Michigan for awhile," he told GoBlueWolverine. "Then they sent me an offer about two months ago. I felt really good about it, they were on of the first big name colleges to offer me. Now I'm just trying prove that I deserve it by working hard."

Others programs have suddenly awaken, and the Wolverines have been joined on his offers sheet by some of college ball finest.

"Alabama, LSU, PSU, Cal, Maryland, and Miami are some are of the most recent offers to come in."

Kouandjio plans to get on the road, and explore some of his options this summer.

"I've already been to Cal, Maryland, Connecticut, Penn State, and West Virginia. But this summer, I know I'll be visiting Boston College, North Carolina, and NC State."

The Ohio State Buckeyes will also get a visit.

"My uncle lives in Worthington Ohio, so I'll be going to visit Ohio State on the 26th of June."

When it comes to the Buckeyes chief rival, Kouandjio is still seeking some familiarity.

"I don't know much about Michigan, besides the things coach Dews has told me. I'm really interested; coach Dews said I'm one of their top recruits."

The Wolverines are not a part of Kounadjio summer plans, but they might have a chance to host him in the fall.

"The schools that I like, but didn't visit this summer, will get official visits. I plan to take all five. I don't have any favorites yet. I open to everybody."

One interesting dynamic in Kouandjio's recruitment will be his brother Cyrus, a class of 2011 prospect that is rumored to be more heralded than his older brother.

"My recruitment will be effected a lot because we want to play together."

Besides his brother, Kouandjio cites two factors that will play into his decision.

"Education, and my relationship with the coaches. Those two will be important."

Arie would like to major in Business, Sports Management, or Philosophy in college. He has a 2.9 gpa, and already has an SAT score of 1020.

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