Kouandjio Excited for USC Visit

Lane Kiffin is known as one of the most tenacious recruiters in college football, and his new staff at USC has been all over the country visiting recruits, since replacing Pete Carroll as the new leading man in Los Angeles. With offensive line being a position of need in the 2010 recruiting class, the Trojans' will get an official visit this weekend from four-star offensive tackle Arie Kouandjio.

Lane Kiffin is known as one of the most tenacious recruiters in college football, and his new staff at USC has been all over the country visiting recruits, since replacing Pete Carroll as the new leading man in Los Angeles. With offensive line being a position of need in the 2010 recruiting class, the Trojans' will get an official visit this weekend from four-star offensive tackle Arie Kouandjio.

"I definitely plan to visit USC. I am just happy that I get the opportunity to go out there," Kouandjio said. "I just plan to go out there and see what they have to show me."

The DeMatha Catholic standout may be a new name to those who follow USC recruiting, but Kouandjio has racked up 50-plus scholarship offers with his impressive play, and is already familiar with USC assistant coach James Cregg.

The 6-6, 320-pound lineman has maintained a close relationship with Coach Cregg throughout the recruiting process.

"When he was at Tennessee we used to talk a lot and had a pretty strong relationship and that has carried over when he went to USC," Kouandjio said. "He is a really good guy and a good coach."

Koundjio's trip to USC will be his last before making his college choice on National Signing Day, and he let us know which five schools are still in the mix to secure his commitment.

"Right now I am just still looking around and I plan to make my decision on Signing Day," he said. "My top schools are New Mexico, California, Alabama, USC and Maryland.

"I like the coaches and players at New Mexico and a lot of the players are from my area.

"At Cal, I definitely like the players as well and I really like the environment.

"At Alabama I like what they do with linemen like myself.

"I like Maryland because it is close to home and I like the coaches.

"At USC I like the coaches and I know some of the players (Kyle Prater, Dillon Baxter, Robert Woods). I would like to go out there and see how everything else is."

While Arie is excited for his upcoming trip to Los Angeles, the week got even better when his younger brother Cyrus, who is one of the elite prospects in the 2011 class, also received an offer from the Trojans.

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for news and updates on Arie Kouandjio throughout the recruiting process.


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