One Maryland offensive lineman was impressed last week at the US Army All-American game, not just about the game but about a certain team that was getting a lot of attention there.
Arie Kouandjio was surrounded by the big Orange, with several members of the Tennessee 2010 class. Apparently this group of Vol pledges were busy spreading the word about what's going on at Rocky Top.
"Everywhere you turned someone was talking about how great Tennessee is going to be," Kouandjio told InsideTennessee.com Monday night. "A lot of the guys that are committed to them already like Jacques Smith were in my ear telling me how great it is."
Apparently Kouandjio heard enough, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman has scheduled an official visit to Knoxville for January 29th.
"I want to see first hand how great things are there," Kouandjio said. "I have developed a great relationship with Coach James Cregg."
Apparently the talented offensive lineman is listening to what Coach Cregg has to say.
"He is telling me that I can come in and start as a true freshman," Kouandjio said. "They want me to come in and make an immediate impact."
Kouandjio currently has offers from 53 schools; he has narrowed it down to seven.
"California, Alabama, Tennessee, Miami, New Mexico, Maryland and Notre Dame are my final seven," Kouandjio said. "I have already taken visits to California and New Mexico. I will go to Alabama this weekend."
Arie Kouandjio says he can bench 330-pounds, squat 605 and has a 28-inch vertical jump. Kouandjio reports a 2.9 core GPA and has a 1020 two-part SAT.
"I've got a great lower body. I'm pretty strong and quick and feel like my quickness allows me to be ahead of the defensive lineman that line up against me."
"But I still want to get faster and improve my footwork."