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Kouandjio Visits USC
Arie Kouandjio, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound three-star offensive tackle from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., took an official visit to USC this past weekend and says the Trojans are in his final three, along with Alabama and New Mexico. Cal is no longer in the mix. "I just didn't really see myself going there," he said about Berkeley. He visited the Bears officially on Dec. 11. Kouandjio, ranked as the No. 29 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, says he really enjoyed his time at USC. "It went great," he said. "I really liked the environment in L.A. It's so different from the East Coast. The people seem a bit more laid-back and easy going and it just seems brighter. "I also really liked the campus," he said. "Plus, before we left I went to check out Manhattan Beach, which was really beautiful." Kouandjio knows the new USC coaches quite well already as they were previously recruiting him for Tennessee. "They are good coaches and I like them a lot," he said. "I've got a pretty good relationship with them already." He is being recruited offensive line coach James Cregg and says he also enjoyed talking with head coach Lane Kiffin. "I like him," he said. "He'll do good. He's got a lot of energy and a good attitude." Besides the coaches, Kouandjio says he also enjoyed getting to know the Trojan players. He was hosted by redshirt freshman offensive guard Khaled Holmes and freshman linebacker Kevin Greene. "I really liked all the players," he said. "They just seemed like cool guys." So did Kouandjio inquire about the pending NCAA investigation with the USC coaches? "Yes," he said. "That's something I wanted to know more about. It's definitely something I've thought about, but they've kind of alleviated any concerns I had." How? "It's kind of a private thing," he said, not wanting to talk about it. Kouandjio also visited Alabama on Jan. 15 and New Mexico on Dec. 5 and says he still hasn't made up his mind about where he's going to sign. "I'm going to do a bit more praying," he said. "I think I kind of know, but I'm not for sure." Kouandjio's brother, Cyrus Kouandjio (6-foot-6, 291-pounds), is already a four-star recruit for the class of 2011. Will the two brothers be going to the same college? "My brother and I don't really talk about football unless we're playing football," he said. "We kind of have an unspoken rule at our house about not talking about football." Arie still admits he'd love to play along with his younger brother in college. "Yeah, it would be great for us to play together," he said. "I think that's definitely something he's gonna look at." Arie says that Cyrus already has 20 offers, but that's still quite a ways away from the 54 scholarships that Arie has earned. So what's the likelihood of Cyrus committing shortly after signing day? "That's not going to happen," he said. "I know he's going to wait until the end. He might choose the same school, but it's not like he's gonna commit right after I sign." Kouandjio will make his final decision on signing day, but isn't sure if he's going to have a press conference yet. He reports a 2.9 core GPA and has a 1020 two-part SAT.
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