A few minutes with ... St. Aug defensive lineman D’Andre Christmas-Giles _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKER St. Augustine defensive tackle D’Andre Christmas-Giles

Christmas-Giles is a senior defensive lineman for St. Augustine. He is verbally committed to Tennessee. St. Augustine plays Rummel at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joe Yenni Stadium.

What’s the latest on your recruiting? Did you get more offers after committing to Tennessee in August?

I’m still committed to Tennessee. I’m still planning to make three official visits. Since I committed, I’ve got offers from Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Memphis and Cincinnati. I had 17 offers before that; now I have those.

You transferred from Salmen to St. Aug after your sophomore season and had to sit out your junior season. How tough was that?

It was rough. It really humbled me a lot. I could practice, but I couldn’t play so I remember crying after a few games. It really hit me hard. It made me work harder. I made sure I was at every practice, and that made me get better.

What’s it been like playing in the Catholic League?

It’s been great. You have to stop the run. It’s a really hard league. I think it’s the hardest in Louisiana.

Why do you wear No. 77?

When I played at Salmen, my brother (George Christmas-Giles) was No. 7 and we played together. So when I got here, I wanted him to stay a part of me. So basically I added an extra 7. One for him. One for me.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Clay Matthews. He has a motor on him. He is always around the ball. He and Tyrann Mathieu are always around the ball and in on every play.

What do you do before a game to get ready?

It’s real emotional for me. I think about how I had to sit out last year. Normally it will make tears come to my eyes. I usually just get in my feelings, in my zone.

Sometimes in the next month or so, your high school career will come to an end. Have you thought about that?

I’ve thought about it. I didn’t see the season going the way it did. We’re 2-7 right now. But I think we can still pick it up and make it to the championship. We have Rummel next, and then the playoffs. I’m hoping I can lead my team far.

Last question. What’s your prediction for Saturday’s LSU-Alabama game?

I’ll say LSU wins 20-14. LSU’s got this one. They won’t be able to stop Leonard (Fournette).

Rod Walker