National Signing Day 2011 has come and gone and top-ranked offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio remains unsigned.
Kouandjio remains up in the air despite offering Auburn his verbal commitment yesterday in a National Signing Day ceremony. After the announcement, Kouanjio was supposed fax his National Letter of Intent to the Tigers. It never came.
The announcement that Kouandjio was going to play at Auburn came as a shock to most as he was considered a likely Alabama signee and had a long list of other finalists, including Iowa and New Mexico.
There is no timetable reported on when the DeMatha Catholic (Maryland) star will make his ultimate decision, leading to questions and utter confusion throughout much of the day Thursday.
If Kouandjio does, in fact, remain with Auburn, here’s five reasons why:
Throughout the recruiting process, Kouandjio, maintained that the coaching staff at Auburn was a key reason for the Tigers being among his final list of schools.
Even through the confusion of National Signing Day, Kouandjio continued his praise of Gene Chizik and his staff.
The Auburn coaching staff will be a big reason for Kouandjio to remain an Auburn commitment.
Winning a National Championship certainly has its positive effects on a team’s recruiting efforts.
After winning the National Championship, Auburn hit the ground running on the recruiting trail.
While Alabama is certainly no slouch, the Tigers are the reigning champs.
Despite the confusion and second-guessing, Kouandjio was quoted as saying that his heart told him to pick Auburn.
He told the Washington Post:
“It was the moment. Auburn just rolled out of my tongue. My heart told me to go to Auburn and it just rolled out of my tongue.”
If Kouandjio does, in fact, end up at Auburn, he’ll join a solid offensive line unit.
With Christian Westerman and Reese Dismukes signed, Kouandjio could become another piece to perhaps the nation’s most impressive offensive line unit in the 2011 recruiting class.
The hard part is done. Kouandjio has made his decision.
While it's clear that he is still wondering if it will ultimately be the best decision for him, he remains committed to Auburn and all that needs to be done is to sign and send.
For Auburn and Kouandjio, it's still just a matter of time.