Thursday, February 3, 2011
Cyrus Kouandjio remains undecided
By Jamie Newberg
The relationship between Auburn and five-star offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, left up in the air on National Signing Day, remained that way on Thursday.
After announcing Wednesday morning on national television he was heading to Auburn, Kouandjio -- the No. 3 player in the ESPNU 150 -- never signed his national letter of intent and remained undecided between Auburn, Alabama and New Mexico.
Thursday, questions outnumbered answers. Kouandjio returned to school Thursday, and DeMatha coach Bill McGregor said his star lineman is still trying to figure things out.
"He talked with Auburn twice," McGregor said. "He talked once around noon and again at 2:20 (p.m. ET). I don't think he has spoken with anyone else. I do know that it sounds like it will be Auburn or Alabama. I wish I knew what was really bothering him, but that's what I know.
"I don't know his timetable. He's just trying to figure it out in his mind. It will be sooner rather than later, but I don't know when sooner is."
McGregor said he's replayed the events from Wednesday over and over in his head, and he's still not sure what exactly happened.
"I shook his hand and told him congratulations," McGregor said. "I was very happy for him. Then about an hour later Cyrus told me he was not happy with his decision and I asked him 'What was going on?' He wasn't sure. He said he needed time to think about it and wanted to wait. That was the last thing I expected."
McGregor said he went back and watched the Kouandjio's announcement and could tell from the tape something was wrong with his 6-foot-7, 325-pound offensive tackle.
"I looked at the footage and I noticed he was very uncomfortable," McGregor said. "I understand that this was ESPN and the cameras and in front of a lot of people. But there was something else, because he never smiled or looked happy. I just didn't see any joy in his face. Where was the big smile of his?"