What happens when a highly-touted recruit is down to Auburn and Alabama, decides on one, but doesn't pull the trigger and sign his Letter of Intent on signing day? Bad things. Very bad things. Cyrus Kouandjio found out first-hand on Thursday, just one day after announcing he was headed to Auburn on national television, only to get cold feet when it came time to put the pen to the paper and make it official.
Between Facebook and his phone, Kouandjio was inundated with messages, all in an effort to both get a read on his intentions and sway his decision. Keep in mind he's still a high school student, attending school as if it were a normal Thursday.
Making matters worse the two schools he narrowed his list to just happen to be hated rivals. This is a rivalry that knows no bounds, and both schools are fighting tooth-and-nail for Kouandjio's services. Fans are in on the action, as well, taking the rivalry to new levels and becoming a part of the recruiting process.
Here's a quick rundown of the Kouandjio saga on Thursday.
- 2,500 text messages, and that may be a conservative count. Who did they come from? In all likelihood, most of them probably came from coaches and the media, with a smattering of messages from fans thrown in.
- A war erupted on his Facebook page between Auburn and Alabama fans. No word on whether S-E-C chants broke out at any point.
- Someone took the time to create a fake Cyrus Kouandjio Facebook page to post on his real Facebook page that he'd be going to Auburn.
- An account bearing Cecil Newton's name posted a message on the Facebook page, apparently in rebuttal to an Alabama fan. No, it did not belong to Newton, but it was still hilarious.
We learned a few things from all of this and none of the lessons are good. Having an open Facebook page as a high-profile recruit is a terrible idea, especially when a big event like this takes place. The same goes for accepting any and all friend requests on Facebook, which can only lead to bad things.
The amount of text messages is not only alarming, but also sad. Here's a kid making the life-changing decision, and he's got every media member, recruiting analyst and head coach all over him. The coaches I understand; they're still recruiting. But the irony of a recruiting analyst reporting Kouandjio received that many texts is not lost on me, either.
Recruiting, and everything that surrounds it, has gotten out of hand and the drama surrounding Kouandjio is just the latest example. It's disgusting to see grown men chasing the kid around as he tries to make the best decision for himself, and the biggest decision of his life up to this point.