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National Signing Day: Cyrus Kouandjio's Family Pushing Him To Sign With Alabama

Cyrus Kouandjio reiterated today that he does not intend to make an ultimate decision about where he will attend school in the fall for at least a couple days, just one day after he announced Auburn on ESPNU, then changed his mind. In an interview at DeMatha today, Kouandjio said that he wants to "wait a little while" and that his family is pushing him to attend Alabama, where his brother Arie is an offensive lineman.

Via James Wagner of the Washington Post:

"My whole family, including my brother, wants me to go to Alabama," Cyrus Kouandjio said. "My brother called me like, 'Brah, what are you doing?'"

Cyrus Kouandjio said his brother holds "a lot" of sway over his college choice. "That's one that thing that's tough about it because he wants me to go down to Alabama a lot," he said.

When asked about why he said Auburn on ESPNU, Kouandjio said his heart told him to go there, but his brain is telling him to go to Alabama.

"My heart told me to go Auburn and it just rolled out of my tongue. And my brain is starting to kick in right now and I'm trying to have them agree right now. That's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to have my brain and my heart agree."    

Kouandjio's father told the Tuscaloosa News that he is considering Auburn, Alabama and Iowa. However, Kouandjio said he has ruled Iowa out and that New Mexico is his third choice. He added that he has spoken to DeMatha coach Bill McGregor, Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Alabama coach Nick Saban since he changed his mind.

Kouandjio is the number one offensive lineman and number four overall recruit in the country according to