One of the state’s top recruits is headed out of state.
De’Andre Christmas-Giles, a defensive tackle at St. Augustine, committed to Texas on Tuesday night, hours before national signing day.
He made the announcement on WWL during its 10 p.m. newscast.
“It felt like the perfect fit for me” said Christmas-Giles.
The 6-foot-3, 290 pound Christmas-Giles, rated a 4-star recruit by 247Sports, narrowed his choices to Texas, LSU and TCU. He took official visits to those three schools, along with Texas A&M.
“It was on my way home from my final visit that I decided Texas was the place for me,” he said.
Christmas-Giles, a member of The Advocate's Super Dozen as one of the state's top 12 recruits, sat out his junior season after transferring to St. Aug from Salmen to meet the LHSAA’s eligibility requirements.
“That was tough, but I kept grinding,” he said.
He then had a breakout senior season that saw him go from a lightly recruited prospect to having a breakout season with offers from all across the country. He originally committed to Tennessee at the beginning of his senior season.
Christmas-Giles was voted Co-Defensive Most Valuable Player in the Catholic League after being credited with 49 tackles and five sacks for the Purple Knights.
He says there is no chance of him waking up on Wednesday morning, national signing day, and having a change of heart.
“I’m solid,” he said. “It feels good to get it over with.”
St. Augustine will hold a signing ceremony at noon at the school.