With his brother Arie already attending the University of Alabama, Saban and the Tide seemed a shoe-in for the 5-star Under Armour All-American. Instead, he chose Auburn University on National Signing Day, hurting the feelings of many Crimson Tide faithful.
But something happened. Kouandjio announced to the nation he would not be signing with Gene Chizik and took a brief hiatus from the spotlight.
Days later, a source close to the Kouandjio family announced on Twitter that he would be attending the University of Alabama.
With the unfortunate death of the left tackle Aaron Douglas, Cyrus Kouandjio looks to step in immediately and begin playing for the Crimson Tide during his freshman season.
Coming in at a massive 6'7", 322 pounds, Kouandjio looks to be a backbone for the offensive line during his stay in Tuscaloosa. But a question needs to be answered: Can he come in and pick up Jim McElwain’s offense quick enough to make an impact?
Fellow offensive lineman D.J. Fluker didn’t obtain much playing time his freshman year due to his inability to pick up the NFL pro-style offense.
If this does happen, expect for Kouandjio to rear his head mid-season to help the new Tide quarterback win an SEC Championship.
Along with the development of Kouandjio, this list will present the 5 most important freshman entering the Alabama Football program this fall.