Friday afternoon longtime ESPN college football recruiting expert Tom Luginbill appeared on the Paul Finebaum Show to make predictions about where he thought some of the top college football recruits in the nation would be inking letters of intent on national signing day Wednesday.
(As signing day nears, Auburn import biz suddenly brisk)
One of the prized recruits discussed was the top offensive lineman prospect in the country, Cyrus Kouandjio. Last month Kouandjio reportedly had USC, New Mexico, Iowa, Miami and Alabama as his top five choices. (Brother Arie Kouandjio is an offensive lineman with the Crimson Tide.) Recently, Miami was replaced on that list by Auburn.
So on Finebaum’s show today, what school did Luginbill predict Cyrus Kouandjio will attend? Luginbill:
Luginbill: “I think Cyrus Kouandjio is going to surprise the world and … sign with Auburn.”
Luginbill: “That would be a significant surprise for many. You’ve got Auburn, Iowa, Alabama and New Mexico in his top four, obviously his brother is a freshman at Alabama … but don’t be surprised if that happens.”
Luginbill’s prediction is a bold one, considering a seemingly undecided Kouandjio is taking his official visit to Auburn, which wasn’t scheduled until a couple weeks ago, this weekend.
Joining the five-star offensive lineman prospect in Auburn this weekend for their official Auburn recruiting visits will be four-star offensive lineman Antonio Richardson, four-star defensive end LaMichael Fanning, four-star defensive lineman Gabe Wright and three-star David Reeves.
In other words, besides the Iron Bowl and a possible bowl game, this will be the biggest weekend of 2011 for Auburn football.
(Auburn has a nightclub? Yea, me neither)
Speaking of big weekends in Auburn, have you heard about the female reality show star who just happens to be parachuting into town at exactly the same time?
Two weeks ago on her official Twitter page, Natalie Nunn of the Oxygen Network reality show Bad Girls Club announced that after recent travel stops to Boston, Miami, New York and DC, she would be appearing at a nightclub in … wait for it … Auburn.
From looking at past events at the 18-and-over venue in Auburn hosting Nunn’s appearance, the club has never previously promoted evenings featuring current television stars or celebrities of any kind, z-list or otherwise.
So an eligible female starlet from a reality show called Bad Girls Club who has reportedly dated NBA and NFL players drops into Auburn out of nowhere on the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for the Auburn football program.
What a stroke of luck.
While Nunn’s appearance in Auburn this weekend may seem like a benign coincidence, some may find it troubling that she was part of the story involving an NFL agent-sponsored Miami party last summer that ensnared North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama football players.
A photo Nunn linked to her Twitter account was used to place North Carolina football players Marvin Austin and Greg Little in Miami where the NCAA rule-violating party took place.
The CHARLOTTE OBSERVER reported on Oct. 23:
If there’s one image of where everything went wrong for North Carolina this season, it’s a photo of Austin and Little posing with two women in front of a pool, labeled “going down in miami!” posted on Twitter by professional semi-celebrity Natalie Nunn, who appears on the reality show “Bad Girls Club.”
That timestamped photo debunked a previous claim that the players were in Miami in March and not May, when the agent party took place.
You could certainly argued that the Nunn photo literally cost Little and Austin their college careers.
Speaking of photos, Nunn confirmed Thursday that she will have a camera crew in tow for her visit to Auburn this weekend.
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