September 22, 2009

4-Star OT to visit UA

Hyattsville, Md. offensive tackle Arie Kouandjio is one of the most massive offensive tackle prospects in the 2010 recruiting class and his combination of elite size and strength have made him one of the most heavily recruited offensive linemen in the nation this year. With his senior season well underway, Kouandjio has helped lead DeMatha High School to a perfect 3-0 start.

"So far our season has gone really well. We are undefeated and we just beat one of the best high school programs in the state," said Koundjio. "I feel like physically I am ahead of most of the other guys I face but I still need to work on my technique and that's what I've been focusing on this year."

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle has over a dozen offers to date but is now focused on narrowing down his list to handful of schools that will receiver official visits from the elite prospects. So far, only two schools have secured official visits from the four-star tackle.

"Alabama and Cal are the two I know for sure I'm going to visit right now. I would love to be able to see both schools for a game day but it looks like I won't be able to visit until December or January because of my schedule. We have a lot of games on Saturdays and no bye week."

"I talk to the Alabama coaches the most of anyone. They've made me a major priority for them. They are all great guys, Coach Saban, Coach Sal (Sunseri) and everybody I've talked to. I love the tradition at Alabama and I love that they've put a lot of offensive linemen in the NFL over the last few years. Education-wise, it's a great school with everything I'm looking for and I know the coaching staff really makes education a priority in the program and they offer a lot of support to make sure you succeed in class. I'd say Alabama's coaching staff is what really puts them among my top schools. They are just so impressive."

"I went out to Cal last year on an unofficial visit and got a chance to meet some of the coaches and players. They are a really close-knit group there. I feel like they are an up and coming program which means it's a place where I could come in and make an impact right away so that's a big plus for me."

Both Alabama and Cal run largely pro-style offenses, which gives them another advantage with Kouandjio.

"We run a pro style offense at my high school. We do a lot of power running and zone blocking, which is what you see Alabama and Cal and probably most other major college programs doing. It's not necessary that a school runs a pro style offense for me but it's definitely a plus and it's something I like about both Alabama and Cal."

While Kouandjio has not decided on the final three schools that will receive official visits, he plans on making a decision soon so he can begin making arrangements.

"I am hearing from Tennessee and Miami a lot but I am still weighing my options as far as which other schools I'm going to use my official visits on. Since I can't take my visits until after the season I still have a little bit of time to decide but I'm hoping to set my visits up soon."

Kouandjio is a member of the Rivals250 and is rated as the nation's No. 13 offensive tackle and the No. 118 overall prospect.

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