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Tag:SEC Signing Day
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Kouandjio makes it official, heads to Alabama

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It appears Cyrus Kouandjio is headed to Alabama and not Auburn after all. Announcing on Twitter, his brother and current Crimson Tide offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio declared that his brother would be headed to Tuscaloosa to join him.



The news was confirmed by recruiting websites Scout and Rivals. Cyrus later posted on his Facebook page that he would be joining the Tide’s class of 2011 as well.

"I think he was back and forth; it was a tough decision," Kouandjio's coach, Bill McGregor told MaxPreps. "He had one foot in and one foot out. As long as he's happy, I'm happy. He's going to work hard and I'm sure he's going to be very successful."

MaxPrep’s third-ranked player overall and top offensive tackle, Kouandjio announced that he would be attending Auburn in a televised ceremony on Signing Day. Shortly after the announcement however, word came out that his letter of intent was not faxed to the school.

After briefly considering Iowa as a destination, Kouandjio was supposed to select either Auburn or Alabama this weekend and then make an announcement on Monday at his high school.

Nevertheless, the 6-foot-7, 300 pound offensive lineman gives Alabama a major boost in an already impressive class of 2011. The Tide now have nine MaxPreps Top 100 members and should capture the top spot in the MaxPreps’ team recruiting rankings no matter what number one overall player Jadeveon Clowney decides to do.

Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Video: South Carolina Signing Day Recap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier looked to capitalize on the momentum from the Gamecocks' SEC East title and seems to have done so on the recruiting trail. Bringing in a large class for 2011, the Old Ball Coach looks to have quite a bit of talented headed his way.

Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Video: Alabama Signing Day Recap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Nick Saban continues to tear it up on the recruiting trail, once again bringing a top three recruiting class to Tuscaloosa in 2011. Dee Hart and Brent Calloway are just a few of the names you should be hearing about when the Crimson Tide take the field in the fall. 

Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:22 pm
 

DeMatha coach says Kouandjio 'looked miserable'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Auburn fans won't want to hear it, but to listen to Cyrus Kouandjio's high school coach, his announcement today that he'd be playing for the Tigers left him far from satisfied.

Longtime DeMatha head coach Bill McGregor spoke to our colleagues at Maxpreps and told them that Kouandjio seemed "miserable" during what's typically one of the most joyous moments of a recruit's life:
"I figured everything was done (after the press conference) and all of a sudden Auburn calls and says that he hasn't faxed anything in.

"Then somebody said, 'Cyrus isn't happy with his decision.'

Kouandjio told McGregor, who is one of the nation's most successful coaches, "I don't know if it's the decision I wanted to make" ...

"The ironic part is that he looked miserable when he made his decision (on national television). It was like a cloud of gloom."
Kouandjio has reportedly elected to hold off on signing his letter of intent until a later date, a report he all but verified by writing on Facebook that he was "not completely sure" about his decision and would "just wait."

Putting that 2 together with the 2 of McGregor's comments, and it seems clear that Kouandjio's sure about very little regarding his decision at this point. Whether he ultimately sticks with his Auburn announcement, switches to the Alabama program to join his older brother Arie Kouandjio, or even throws the unthinkable curveball in the direction of New Mexico is anyone's guess right now ... including maybe even Kouandjio himself.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 1:44 pm
 

SEC Signing Day: Winners and Losers

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Taking stock of the day in the SEC:

WINNERS:

Alabama:
No surprise that Nick Saban's crew put together yet another huge Signing Day, with the No. 1 spot in the Maxpreps team rankings wrapped up after adding No. 1 offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to what had already been a massive haul. The Tide pulled in a perfect 3-4 defensive end in Jeoffrey Pagan (pictured) and flipped supremely athletic outside linebacker Brent Calloway back from Auburn (after he'd committed to the Tigers at the U.S. Army All-American game), two major missions accomplished. Top those off with the rest of the Tide's commitments -- including five-star teammates RB Dee Hart and S Hasean Clinton-Dix -- staying securely in the fold, and missing out on Isaiah Crowell (and likely No. 1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney ) barely even stings.

Video: Jeoffrey Pagan highlights

Georgia: Linebacker Kent Turene was an awfully nice pickup. But landing Crowell was a seismic development, the one member of the much-ballyhooed "Dream Team" the tailback-starved Bulldogs absolutely had to have. He alone was enough to push Mark Richt into the winner's column, but add in Turene and the successful fending off of challenges for commits like defensive back Corey Moore, and even missing out on Pagan won't be enough to wipe the smile off of the faces of Bulldog fans.

Video: Todd Grantham talks Signing Day  

Auburn: Losing Calloway to the hated Tide stung, and the euphoria of watching Kouandjio announce for the Tigers dissipated quickly as he elected not to sign his LOI on Signing Day, eventually joining Calloway and his older brother in Tuscaloosa. But Chizik got a ton of help for his occasionally-porous defense anyway, inking one of the nation's best safeties in Erique Florence and a rock-solid defensive tackle prospect in Crowell teammate Gabe Wright. The Tigers also wasted no time replacing cornerback decommitment Marcus Roberson with coveted Mississippi athlete Jermaine Whitehead, a Mississippi State commitment. Even without Kouandjio, the Tigers landed a top-10 class that proved their program-changing 2010 haul was no fluke. Still, Tiger fans have to wonder: if they weren't coming to Auburn, couldn't Calloway and Koundjio have gone somewhere other than Alabama?

Video: Gene Chizik talks Signing Day at CBS College Sports , Kiehl Frazier commits , Coaches react to Erique Florence decision

Ole Miss: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen enjoys pointing out the raw numbers of his team's players and recruits come from the state they share with the Rebels, but it was Houston Nutt who ran away with nearly all of the state's top-ranked talent. Having already secured the signatures of former Bulldog commitment five-star linebacker C.J. Johnson and highly-regarded receiver Tobias Singleton, the Rebels added to their in-state haul by keeping top-100 wideout Nickolas Brassell out of the clutches of the Tide. The battle between Nutt and Mullen on the recruiting trail was more-or-less a draw in 2010, but there's little question who had the upper hand this season.

LSU: The day was unusually quiet by the usually madcap Bayou Bengals' Signing Day standards, but that happens when you have your state on virtual lockdown and that state provides enough talent for one of the nation's best classes all on its own. Simply making sure their commitments (most notably offensive tackle La'El Collins and defensive counterpart Anthony Johnson) made it across the dotted line would have guaranteed Les Miles a successful Signing Day. But keeping Shreveport's Jermauria Rasco (pictured) -- one of the nation's most highly sought-after defensive ends -- at home (and away from Texas) more than made up for missing out on Florida defensive tackle Tim Jernigan.

Vanderbilt:
The Commodores won't finish anywhere near the top of the league's recruiting rankings, of course. But given the limited time James Franklin had to work with, the results were quite impressive. Franklin flipped Virginia Tech quarterback commitment Lafonte Thourogood first thing Signing Day morning and brought in several other candidates for immediate playing time, like Ohio tight end Dorien Bryant.

LOSERS:

Florida:
The Gators, as always, can still boast one of the nation's best classes, and no one anywhere signed a better QB-RB combo than Jeff Driskel and the underrated Mike Blakely. Roberson's arrival was a nice Signing Day surprise, and Will Muschamp and Co. turned away a serious Ohio State challenge for receiver JaJuan Story. But particularly looking at the way their rivals at Georgia and Florida State finished, Gator fans won't be happy about being unable to make up any ground with prospects like Jernigan, Curtis Grant, or Stephone Anthony. Roberson wound up the only new addition on Signing Day, and even he somewhat fell into the Gators' laps after his wild commitments and decommitments to Texas Tech and Auburn. Muschamp will be cut plenty of slack this season after his late arrival in Gainesville, but another class that so completely cedes the limelight to the Dawgs and 'Noles won't be as easily forgiven.


Mississippi State:
How thin was the Bulldogs' final class after seeing the likes of Johnson, Singleton and -- most painfully -- Whitehead decommit? Not one of their 23 commitments ranked among the top 25 at their position, according to Tom Lemming. The Bulldogs struggled going head-to-head with Ole Miss within Mississippi, and came up empty when going abroad for players like Washington D.C.-based Kevin McReynolds, who signed with UCLA. Players like receiver Joe Morrow and defensive tackle P.J. Jones are unquestionably SEC-grade talents, but after such a productive, promising year on the field, the lack of recruiting punch is puzzling.

Arkansas: There's nothing particularly disappointing about the Razorbacks' 2011 class (though watching tight end commitment Chris Barnett sign with Michigan wasn't fun), and keeping home-grown talent like quarterback Brandon Allen and tackle Brey Cook in Arkansas was a bright spot. But when you share a division with Alabama, LSU, and Auburn, "nothing particularly disappointing" may not be good enough to stay in the mix for a division title.






Posted on: February 2, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Jermauria Rasco geauxs with LSU

Posted by Chip Patterson

One of the last big name recruits to make his announcement on National Signing Day was highly touted defensive lineman Jermauria Rasco .  Rasco, the No. 6 rated defensive end, took things down to the wire - announcing at his collegiate plans at his high school along with three of his teammates.  But even though the administrators at Evangel High School (LA) tried to make the attention as inclusive as possible, everyone was there to hear what Rasco had to say.

Rasco stood up behind two presentation boards, one for Florida and one for Texas, representing two of his final choices.  But when the 6-4 end took the microphone to announce his plans, he donned a purple cap and a new spread was revealed with all LSU paraphenalia.  The in-state crowd exploded when Rasco made it clear he would be playing for the Bayou Bengals, a great finish to an already good signing class for Les Miles

With seven commits in the MaxPreps Top 100 , LSU is pretty much a lock to finish the day with a Top 10 recruiting class.  Along with the talent returning to Baton Rouge, the Tigers are quickly building a case as a contender in 2011.  Les Miles' decision to stay put instead of jumping to Michigan looks better and better every day.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Floyd Raven's mom forged his LOI to Ole Miss

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Whenever a high school football player is trying to make a decision on where to attend college, it's not surprising that he would turn to his family. After all, they've gotten him his far, so why not help him make this next step? Of course, parent and child don't always agree, and sometimes the player may want to go somewhere his parent doesn't want him to. So that's when that parent takes things out of their child's control, and forges his signature on a letter of intent and sends it to Ole Miss.

Just ask Floyd Raven.




I know what you're thinking, that's so Floyd Raven's mom!

Seriously, though, that has to cause some friction in the Raven household right now. I can't even imagine how I'd react if my mother did something similar.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Cyrus Kouandjio to delay signing?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We may want to hold off on that talk about how Auburn has signed the best offensive line class in the history of offensive line classes. Despite his nationally televised announcement this afternoon that he would be attending Auburn, Cyrus Kouandjio has yet to sign his letter of intent and is not officially a member of any college program just yet.

According to several reports out of various Alabama-based recruiting media, Kouandjio is likely to follow in the path of 2010 No. 1 tackle Seantrel Henderson and delay his signing by a few days to re-evaluate his decision. Obviously, this isn't good news for the Tigers, who would rather have Kouandjio firmly in their corner rather than expressing such obvious doubts, especially -- double, triple especially -- when the other option is Alabama and Nick Saban.

Kouandjio's comments about his "heart" being with Auburn in the face of maybe other concerns pointing towards the Tide will be an unfortunate echo for Tiger fans after Brent Calloway, another prospect who initially spurned the Tide for Auburn despite obvious Alabama interest, ultimately chose today to head to Tuscaloosa.

How big an impact will Kouandjio's decision have? According to Maxpreps writer Jon Buzby , his signature would vault Alabama from No. 3 to No. 1 in the Maxpreps team rankings, while dropping Auburn from 4th to 8th.

Both teams will be able to say they have extremely impressive classes regardless. But they won't be quite as impressive without the nation's most highly sought-after offensive line recruit.

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