's No. 1 OT Planning Rutgers Trip

DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio is the top-rated offensive tackle in the 2011 class. He long ago received a Rutgers offer, and recently he told he is planning to make an unofficial visit to check out the Scarlet Knights. Kouandjio talked about why he is visiting and when he may trim his list and what he wants in a program.'s No. 1 ranked offensive tackle for the 2011 class, Cyrus Kouandjio, said he will trim his extensive list prior to the start of his senior season.

Before the cutting takes place, though, the 6-foot-6, 320-pounder from DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) said he plans on making a trip to Rutgers to check out the program, see the campus, and learn more about the Scarlet Knights.

Kouandjio said before he decides whether to Rutgers will make the cut, he needs to know more about the program, and the school.

"I would have to take a visit up there first, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to do that in the next couple of months," he said. "I want to at least get a look at it."

Kouandjio holds dozens of offers, and in all honesty, if a school hasn't already offered him, he probably only needs to ask and one would be extended.

Still, with all the offers, and all the expected attention, Kouandjio said he has not started to trim his list, or even consider trimming it.

One thing Rutgers can sell to Kouandijo is how a highly-rated offensive lineman can develop and become a high NFL draft pick.

Anthony Davis was the No.2-rated offensive tackle in the 2007 class, left Rutgers are his junior season and was selected 11th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in April's NFL draft.

"Nobody is off my board right now," Kouandjio said. "To tell you the truth, I don't know any of these schools. I will visit as many schools as I can."

Kouandjio is in for a busy summer.

He plans on visiting the Florida schools, taking a trip to Virginia Tech and will travel west to see the Los Angeles schools. And he is not put off by USC's recent NCAA sanctions.

"I will definitely check out USC because there are some benefits to what happened," Kouandjio said. "Very early playing time. Everyone could transfer, so by the time I would go there, I could make an impact as a freshman. There are plusses that come out of there."

Early playing time is the big benefit of what could come out of attending a school like USC, but early playing time could be in the cards no matter where he heads.

However, playing time isn't the only thing Kouandjio is seeking.

"I'm the type of guy that wants to be surrounded by a good environment, good people," he said.

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