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Arie Kouandjio  

   47 offers and counting...

           By Jesse McCormack/ThaRinger.Com
                        August 8th, 2009

It’s safe to say that at 6’6, 305 pounds, Arie Kouandjio is a mauler on his Dematha High School’s offensive line. It’s no surprise that giant has received offers from practically every program in the country, and has taken numerous unofficial visits this summer. What schools does this mammoth prospect have in mind? Find out that, and more, inside.

Even though Kouandjio himself has been receiving much interest from many of the top colleges in the country, he remains focused on his roots, and his DeMatha High School team.

“We went 10-2 last season and we won our championships.” Kouandjio remarked. “We aren’t participating in the State Championships, our conference basically can only go for our league championship. “I think we’re doing great and I think we’ll have a great season if everything goes the way they should we should be really good.”

Kouandjio has also grown quite close to DE J.R. Ferguson, one of the top prospects in the nation, and keeps in contact with several others.

“The best player I’ve played against is JR Ferguson, I go against him all the time.” Kouandjio said. “He plays fast and strong and he’s quick like a small defensive end but he’s strong too. We would love to go to the same school. We talk about going to the same school and I think there’s a pretty high chance that we will, we’re interested in most of the same schools. For example, we’ve talked about both going to Miami.”

“I keep in contact with a lot of high profile recruits. I’m not especially close with anybody in particular other than JR Ferguson but I keep in contact with Sharrif Floyd and Nick Forbes.”

It is not often that Arie looks up to people, but one person that is even bigger than him is his younger brother Cyrus, who has already grown to 6’7, and is in the Class of 2011. Cyrus, who already claims verbal offers from several Division 1 schools, has generated plenty of recruiting buzz him as of late.

“Well he’s just trying to get ready for next year and earns more opportunity as well.” said the elder Kouandjio on his younger brother. “I would love to play at the same school with my brother.”

Kouandjio claims 47 offers, but insists that he hasn’t even started to focus on recruiting yet, just on the upcoming season.

“I have 47 offers right now,” he said. “I don’t have any favorites. I haven’t really focused on recruiting yet, I’m just trying to get ready for next year.”

Though Kouandjio won’t name any favorites at this point, there are some schools recruiting him harder than others.

“Schools that are recruiting me the hardest are Alabama for one, California, Miami, and Tennessee.” Kouandjio offered. “Alabama’s probably coming at me the hardest.”

Kouandjio has also taken a wide array of visits to numerous schools and admits that he liked one in particular.

“Right now, I’m actually on Iowa’s campus and I’m leaving tomorrow but I’ve seen Florida, Florida State, Southern Florida, Miami, South Carolina, and West Virginia.” he said. “I liked all of them, but I liked Miami a lot. I don’t know I just really liked the coaches and the surroundings of the school.”

Kouandjio won’t make his commitment until “around National Signing Day”, but knows what he wants in his ideal college.

“I'm looking for a good environment, a good connection with the coaching staff, and I’m looking for a good opportunity to play early.”