January 9, 2010

Big-time OL talks BC

Cyrus Kouandjio, a massive junior offensive tackle from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, holds offers from BC and plenty of other schools and he recently spoke with EagleAction.com. Does Boston College have a serious chance with Kouandjio, or is he looking in other directions?

At 6-foot-7 and 322 pounds it's rare to find a prospect as physically mature as Kouandjio in his age group. That size makes him a physically imposing presence on the field, and in the high school ranks he rarely comes across anyone that's able to slow him down, much less give him a lot of competition.

Kouandjio significantly improved his pass protection during the 2009 campaign, but he's not content. He plans on working hard in the weight room and on his athleticism so his senior year is his best yet.

While he is just now starting to tap into his nearly limitless potential, Kouandjio already has plenty of college coaches more than a little impressed.

"I know I'm going to Rutgers' junior day and then there's a combine at Rutgers that I'll be at," he said.

"The last school I talked to was UCLA. Iowa came up to the school, so I know they're interested. I've started talking to Alabama, too."

Duke was one of the most recent schools to extend an offer to the talented young man, joining dozens of others such as BC, Cal, Tennessee and North Carolina that have done the same thing.

How serious is Kouandjio about the Eagles?

"I'm definitely looking at them," he said. "I haven't talked to their coaches yet. I don't think I have their information (phone numbers), but I'm planning on getting that and getting up with them. I will get everything straight soon. I'm going to start talking to more schools.

"Boston College actually offered me last year around March. We were going through some workouts at our school and a lot of colleges were coming by. One of their coaches was watching me, and he decided that they wanted to offer."

Kouandjio took an unofficial visit to New Mexico a few weeks ago, but other than that his schedule has been mostly clear. He said he does not have any favorites at this stage in the recruiting process, but he knows what he will be looking for when the time to make a decision comes.

"I really have no top schools, but the biggest factor is going to be the people. That's number one ... the people around the school. Second is the coaching staff. I want to go to school somewhere with a coaching staff I can trust. Third is the education."

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