Auburn got a measure of revenge against its state rival, landing Cyrus Kouandjio, the top-ranked offensive tackle recruit in the country.
The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Kouadnjio, who is Scout's No. 2 overall recruit, ESPN's No. 3 and Rivals' No. 4, announced his decision to attend Auburn on ESPNU on Wednesday morning.
His brother, Arie, just finished his first season at Alabama.
"There was a lot of thinking that I had to go through to get to this result," he said. "I talked to my brother and he said, 'Cyrus, just go where your heart tells you to go. ... My heart just told me to go to Auburn."
Kouandjio, from DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md., had long been considered a heavy Alabama lean, although Auburn made a late push. He visited the Plains last weekend.
The scouting services think he has all the physical tools to be a star at the college level. With Auburn overhauling nearly its entire offensive line, he could step in and play immediately.
Kouandjio said one of the reasons he chose Auburn was because he bonded with the Tigers' other offensive linemen at All-American games.