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Kouandijo's view of Iowa changed with rhabdo case

Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:33 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last month on National Signing Day, Cyrus Kouandijo became a bit of a household name in the college football world. The offensive lineman out of Maryland high school football powerhouse Dematha originally committed to Auburn on signing day. He then quickly changed his mind, and over the next week there was plenty of speculation as to why Kouandijo had changed his mind, and where he'd end up.

Eventually Cyrus would choose Alabama, where his older brother Arie Kouandijo had spent the 2010 season as a redshirt lineman. Just another chapter in the Alabama-Auburn rivalry. Of course, there was a third school that had been in the running for Kouandijo's services, and that school was Iowa. In fact, in a recent interview with The Sporting News, Kouandijo says that Iowa was the front-runner pretty early, but it turns out that the outbreak of rhabdomyolysis amongst 13 iowa football players after an offseason workout swayed his decision.

"At first I really, really, really wanted to go to Iowa," Kouandijo answered when asked where he was leaning in the fall. "I even told my best friend that I was going to Iowa. But when everything went down with them with the workouts and all, that was different. I had a bad vibe when I went there. Alabama may be far from home, but Iowa—living-style wise—it’s just out there and just not me. I wouldn’t have been able to thrive in that environment. I love their coaches and I love their team, but it was really just out for me."

I must admit that I do find it odd that Kouandijo's view of Iowa City itself changed. After all, the school was located in the same place before so many football players had to be hospitalized. So it seems that Kouandijo began looking at the school through a different lense following the rhabdomyoysis outbreak. After all, it's not like Tuscaloosa or Auburn are in the middle of giant metropolitan areas themselves.
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Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Kouandijo's view of Iowa changed with rhabdo case

"At first I really, really, really wanted to go to Iowa," Kouandijo answered when asked where he was leaning in the fall. "I even told my best friend that I was going to Iowa. But when everything went down with them with the workouts and all, that was different. I had a bad vibe when I went there. Alabama may be far from home, but Iowa—living-style wise—it’s just out there and just not me. I wouldn’t have been able to thrive in that environment. I love their coaches and I love their team, but it was really just out for me."


Huh?  He had a bad vibe when he went there? 

“They have a history and tradition of putting offensive tackles in the league,” Kouandjio told Scout.com. “I just like what they do down there and they have cool coaches.”

“I can’t explain the feeling in words,” Kouandjio told Scout.com about his visit to Iowa. “It just felt good. It felt like home.”

He couldn't thrive in that environment?  What's that supposed to mean?  Guess Bama offered a little more than Iowa did.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Kouandijo's view of Iowa changed with rhabdo case

I hit submit too early, I love how CBS title this a definite headline that his view did change because of the workout, even though 60+ other kids who did the workout were fine, but then Fornelli states:

So it seems that Kouandijo began looking at the school through a different lense following the rhabdomyoysis outbreak.
So we have CBS headline that this is actually the cause and Fornelli speculating that it was...hmm...Dennis Dodd write this headline maybe?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Kouandijo's view of Iowa changed with rhabdo case

Considering we signed 3 other guys from the Maryland area including 2 from DeMatha, I am not too worried.  I think Big Cy is not used to having so much corn around him.  Course Tuscaloosa is not exactly in the middle of a super urban area, but it's ok, good luck to him.

He may be a 5 star recruit but just like everyone else, he now has to go prove it on the field.  Saban will see what he is made of...hope he does well.



Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Kouandijo's view of Iowa changed with rhabdo case

Big frickin' deal.  Kid probably wouldn't have come to Iowa anyways.  Just another story to keep the whole Rhabdo thing going.  CBS you are a joke.  Seems to me Iowa still had one of the best recruiting years they have EVER had REGARDLESS of the whole Rhabdo incident.  Obviously I wish it would not have happened, but everyone is ok and they have learned from this experience.  Why don't you awesome writer's go talk about Auburn's trees somemore, at least some of that story is still ongoing.


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