Vanderbilt in hunt for coveted Maryland OL

Arie Kouandjio is one of the top offensive lineman prospects in the nation. Schools such as Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, and North Carolina have already extended him offers. However, Kouandjio, is fond of a SEC school from Nashville and hopes to visit this summer.

At 6-foo-5, 310 pounds, Arie Kouandjio is an imposing lineman. Not only is he big but he is strong and possesses good speed. The DeMatha high school star has already benched 320 pounds and squatted over 600 pounds. He ran the forty recently in 5.2 seconds, which is very good for a lineman. When asked if he was really interested in Vanderbilt Kouandjio replied, "Oh yeah, definitely, they have really good academics and they have a pretty good team too." He's trying to visit Vanderbilt but says he is having transportation problems. "I'm trying to visit this summer . . . and if I can find a way to get down there I will.

Arie, whose family is from Cameroon, which is the same country, that Vanderbilt basketball forward Steve Tchiengang's family is from says he got an offer from VU about three weeks ago.

Kauandjio says he didn't make any all-star teams after his junior year; however, it has been his highlight films and impressive workout sessions that have attracted college coaches to him, "No, I didn't get any those things. They like my highlight tape and they sometimes come in and watch me workout. That's where I saw the Vandy coach. He told me I had an offer too when I was doing my laps."

Kauandjio has a multiple offers and actually received his offer from Notre Dame on Thursday. He currently has no favorites.

By the way, he has a brother that is one year behind him that is already being heavily recruited. Cyrus Kouandjio has offers from Pitt, Boston College, Maryland and Wake Forest. He's 6-foot-6 and Arie says he's up to 300 pounds already. While Arie says it would be nice to play with Cyrus, he says that it's not essential.

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