Player’s decision met with scrutiny

Josh Popsy Student Writer

On Feb. 2 in Hyattsville, Md, in front of a national television audience, Cyrus Kouandjio made his commitment to play football for Auburn University.

His letter of intent was never faxed to Auburn, though, and by Wednesday night he was rethinking his decision. On Feb. 5 he eventually chose to change his college destination to the University of Alabama.

“I am ecstatic that he chose ‘Bama over Auburn. He is the nation’s best offensive tackle prospect and he is going to do big things for the Crimson Tide program,” stated Devin Vaughn, a UNA student and avid Alabama fan.

Cyrus originally choosing Auburn over Alabama caught a lot of people by surprise-even his own family. His older brother, Arie is an offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide, so Kouandjio was expected to sign with Alabama.

Players must send their letters of intent to the school they choose to play for, which is something that Auburn never got from Kouandjio. It was apparent that he was having a change of heart, and he even admitted to having buyer’s remorse.

Kouandjio made it official that he was going to be playing football for the Crimson Tide when his Facebook status read, “Thanks for all the love and support from the state of Alabama. I love all the new relationships I have made throughout this process … but at the end of the day … I want to keep the family together and I must say …. ROLLLLL TTIIIDDDEEE!!!”

Alabama eventually received Kouandjio’s signed letter of intent around 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5.

Kouandjio was considered by many to be one of the top prospects in all of high school football this past fall. He is 6’7″ and weighs 322 pounds. He was sought after by schools across the entire country to come play football for their program.

“I cannot blame him for wanting to come play for Alabama; he will be playing football alongside his brother and I see him as a better fit for the type of power football that Alabama plays,” added Vaughn.

Some Auburn fans are left wondering, though. “As a Tiger fan, I am left disappointed. He would have been a huge addition to our football program, but he did what he felt was best for him, so I in no way can argue against his decision. If he would have chose Auburn he would be competing year in and year out for a national title, but he also will get that same opportunity every year at Alabama,” said Florence resident Kevin Johnson.

Kouandjio will be remembered for years to come by his performance on the gridiron and for his flip flop on his decision as to where to play college football in the state of Alabama.