Rutgers offers 2011 OL

A class of 2011 offensive lineman from Maryland already holds a dozen or so offers, and Rutgers recently showed its seriousness it has in the player by offering him a scholarship. The player, in turn, said he will attend Rutgers' big man camp in the summer, and plans to bring a couple of highly thought about teamamtes with him.

DeMatha Catholic (Md.) junior four-star offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio hasn't given much thought to the recruiting process, but he has labeled one thing a certainty.

Already with an offer in hand, he is heading to Rutgers' Big Man camp in the summer.

"I know the offensive linemen combine, I'm going up there with Kendall Patterson and I'm trying to get Darian Cooper there. He's one of my best friends and a good athlete.

"I heard it's a big combine with the top offensive linemen, and I want to show what I have, and I want to have fun.''

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound tackle said he received the offer from Rutgers about a month ago. He also said Iowa, California, Maryland, Virginia, Pittsburgh and West Virginia are among the dozen or so schools to have already offered.

"Miami is interested,'' he said. "I heard they sent me a package but I haven't received it yet.''

Kouandjio is being recruited to play offensive tackle, but he dabbles in defensive end "for kicks,'' he said.

His recruiting process is in its infancy.

"I didn't get deep into recruiting during the season, because of school and football and all the other stuff,' Kouandjio said. "I'll start calling coaches and get in contact with coaches in the next couple of weeks, and set up meetings and camps and combines.''

If Kouandjio's name sounds familiar, it is because his brother, Arie, who is a senior at DeMatha, who holds a Rutgers offer.

Arie is not listing the Scarlet Knights among his finalists, but that will not be a factor into his younger brother's recruitment.

"We haven't really talked about recruiting much,'' Arie said. "He's level-headed and has a really good head on his shoulders, so he will make a good decision.''

But could the brothers be re-unite in college?

"We have talked about it,'' Cyrus said. "The question came up here in the household. We'll see how it goes.

"He tells me to keep an open mind to all these college, see what they've got. We really don't talk about recruiting a lot, but that's one of the things he told me.''


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