The latest news on top-five overall prospect Cyrus Kouandjio, the nation's top-ranked offensive lineman who committed to but did not sign with the Auburn Football Tigers, is that there is nothing to report. There is no national letter of intent waiting in the Auburn football offices. There has been no quantifiable move towards Alabama, where his brother Arie plays, other than the indecision itself. There has been no further word on his considering Iowa, just to throw everybody for a loop. For now, we hold, and wonder with our own Roll Bama Roll at the radio silence out of Tuscaloosa:
Everything written on the subject to date continuously talks about Gene Chizik and the Auburn coaching staff speaking with Kouandjio, but not a single time has there been a mention anywhere of Cyrus speaking with Nick Saban.
Exactly how does that make any sense whatsoever? Either we have just detached ourselves from this one entirely and are just letting it runs its course, or for some reason we are avoiding any conversations with McGregor -- who is seemingly informing the media every time he talks to one of the coaches in consideration here; seriously, I think he has about ten journos on speed dial at this point -- and are just going about this directly and privately via Cyrus and his family members. Either way a legitimate possibility, I suppose.
Kouandjio was reportedly to decide today, but radio scuttlebutt has his high school coach absent from campus this morning and no timetable has been announced. The possibility of a family vote to decide his fate has been raised. Cyrus' brother wants him with the Tide, and so does his dad:
"Yeah, that's where my hope was. I was thinking that's where he would be going because his brother could be a good mentor for him too," the father said.
This isn't to say he'll decide for him, although that would certainly speed things up:
I can't decide for him because in the long run, two or three years from now, I don't want him to come back and say, ‘I went there because of you.' I want him to show courage, with the burden of any aspect of his decision.
You can all see where this is headed, right? Our congratulations in advance to Division I-A's fightin'est coach and the New Mexico Lobos for the college football recruiting coup that nobody saw coming.