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From The Crab Bowl…Arie Kouandjio
Arie Kouandjio has a very friendly, mature demeanor off the field. However on the field he is an opposing figure. His size and strength coupled with his ability have left many impressed. This week was no different as the highly regarded lineman was dominating from practice to the game. He has close to 60 offers but has narrowed things down to a final seven. Within that seven he is wide open and ready for the final stretch. He talked to us about this past season, recruiting and the Crab Bowl experience. "We had a really good season," said Kouandjio. "I really enjoyed it. We ended with a loss but we became a team and were a family this year. I will never forget these guys and that was more important than any games." Kouandjio talked about the talent level at his high school and how that has helped him prepare for college. He lined up with fellow 2010 prospect Shane Johnson and played with younger brother Cyrus, perhaps the best lineman in the state for the 2011 class. "It felt good to be with these guys. I needed to be full speed all the time to compete. I had a lot of trust with my teammates. The players here are so good that it makes you better everyday." The recruiting process for Kouandjio has been very hectic to say the least. Along the way Kouandjio has enjoyed it for the most part. "It has been pretty enjoyable overall. I have been able to meet a lot of people and go to a lot of places. I have had a good time with it. Right now I am down to a few colleges. I am looking at California, Alabama, New Mexico, Tennessee, Miami (Fl), Maryland and Notre Dame. That is my final seven." Kouandjio talked about his plans for the final few weeks of recruiting and when a possible announcement may come. "I think that it will go to signing day because I want to take more visits and my final visit is scheduled for the last weekend before signing day. I feel like I will need until then. My final visits will be New Mexico, California, Alabama, Miami and Tennessee in that order." Kouandjio talked about what he plans to bring with him when he hits campus next year. "I am going to try hard. I will play hard. I will work hard and play fast and try to make a name for myself." In just two years the Crab Bowl has established itself as the premier all-star game for Maryland. Kouandjio discussed his experience and what it meant to him. "It really means a lot to me. I feel blessed to be here. I am very thankful for the opportunity to showcase my skills on such a big stage." Kouandjio helped the Washington Team to a 24-21 victory with his solid play throughout the game. He had to do more pass blocking than he is used to but settled in and played well. He also moved well leading a few screen passes with downfield blocking.
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