"At first I really, really, really wanted to go to Iowa," [Cyrus] Kouandijo answered when asked where he was leaning in the fall. "I even told my best friend that I was going to Iowa. But when everything went down with them with the workouts and all, that was different. I had a bad vibe when I went there. Alabama may be far from home, but Iowa—living-style wise—it’s just out there and just not me. I wouldn’t have been able to thrive in that environment. I love their coaches and I love their team, but it was really just out for me." I must admit that I do find it odd that Kouandijo's view of Iowa City itself changed. After all, the school was located in the same place before so many football players had to be hospitalized. So it seems that Kouandijo began looking at the school through a different lense following the rhabdomyoysis outbreak. After all, it's not like Tuscaloosa or Auburn are in the middle of giant metropolitan areas themselves.CBS Sports: Kouandijo's view of Iowa changed with rhabdo case Just goes to show you how little you actually know sometimes about what is going on in the mind of an 18-year old recruit. Even the Iowa people didn't think Cyrus' interest in them was much more than a random flirtation.