YEARBOOK: D’ANDRE CHRISTMAS-GILES
New Orleans St. Augustine defensive tackle (6-2/292)
HOW HE GOT HERE: Christmas-Giles announced he’d sign with Texas the night before national signing day, choosing the Longhorns over LSU and TCU. Recruited by Brick Haley, a former assistant at LSU, Texas stayed with him even after he had committed to Tennessee right before his senior season began. Other schools did as well. But it probably wasn’t coincidence that Christmas-Giles took his official visit to Texas on Dec. 12 — and then de-committed from Tennessee the very next day. LSU, Texas A&M and TCU got involved late, but he ended up with Texas.
STAR RATING: 4
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 320nd; Fab 55, not ranked (out of state); Position, 32nd
MILES TO AUSTIN: 507
AT ST. AUGUSTINE: Talk about a one-year wonder. Christmas-Giles played only his senior year there due to transfer rules — he had to sit out his junior year after transferring from Salmen High in Slidell, La. But he earned honorable mention all-state honors and was his district’s co-defensive MVP. He helped lead his teams to the playoffs both as a sophomore and senior.
2013: Not available
2014: Did not play
2015: 49 tackles, 35 solo, 5 sacks, 3 TFL
CHRISTMAS-GILES’ BEST GAME — SO FAR: With only one season’s of work to consider at St. Augustine, his best game probably was against Scotlandville, a Baton Rouge magnet school known more for boys basketball than football. Scotlandville won easily, but Christmas-Giles registered a season-high seven tackles, including six solo stops. In terms of playmaking, though, consider his effort against Holy Cross last fall — when he returned a fumble 50 yards and nearly scored, and added a kickoff return.
THE NUMBERS GAME: The folks over at Rivals were big fans of Christmas-Giles — they rated him as the nation’s 83rd-best overall recruit, its No. 6 defensive tackle and the No. 3 overall recruit in Louisiana. Those numbers were far off 247Sports’ composite ratings of the industry’s leading recruiting sites. After not playing in 2014, his recruiting ranking rose from 2-star to 4-star as a senior. He ended up with more than 30 scholarship offers. He was the 17th commitment for Texas’ 24-player class, and one of three 4-star defensive tackles the Longhorns signed (Houston Westside’s Jordan Elliott, Euless Trinity’s Chris Daniels).
THEY SAID IT: “He’s always been an inquisitive kid. He always wants to know what’s the next step. He’s always looking for answers.” — LaTonya Christmas
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