UNC Offers Md. OT at Junior Day

While attending North Carolina's Junior Day on Saturday, Arie Kouandjio was offered a scholarship.

"I met with Coach [John] Blake and talked to him a little bit," Kouandjio said. "We watched my highlight tape. He liked the highlight tape. He said he was offering me and that he was sending the letter in the mail."

Kouandjio, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive tackle from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, has also collected offers from Maryland and Pittsburgh.

Since discovering the date of UNC's Junior Day, Kouandjio planned to attend.

"It went pretty well," Kouandjio said of UNC's Junior Day. "I really like the school and I really like the coaching staff."

Shortly after arriving on campus Saturday, Kouandjio was given a tour of UNC's facilities.

"It's very beautiful around there," Kouandjio said.

Saturday's visit centered around UNC's basketball game against Georgia Tech.

"In the [Smith Center] I just noticed that the fans were really, really loud," Kouandjio said. "Everyone was into the game and was just going crazy. They were cheering off of little things like a rebound – that really impressed me."

Outside of Saturday's UNC visit, Kouandjio has made one other recruiting trip – an unofficial visit to Maryland for a basketball game.

"I definitely want to make more visits [this spring]," Kouandjio said. "I don't know which schools, yet."

This summer, though, Kouandjio is considering returning to both Maryland and UNC for their respective camps.

With so few recruiting trips under his belt, Kouandjio hasn't established a list of favorite schools.

"I don't really have a list of favorites," Kouandjio said. "I like whoever likes me."

Kouandjio doesn't plan to make a verbal commitment until closer to Signing Day.

"I'm just trying to find some place where I belong," Kouandjio said.

Last season, Kouandjio won the starting left tackle position on DeMatha's offense. He transferred from Beltsville (Md.) High Point High prior to his sophomore year.

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