NEW ORLEANS — The dust will settle soon, and D’Andre Christmas-Giles will know the three hats he’ll bring with him to National Signing Day.
Giles, a four-star defensive tackle, will make his final official visit to Ole Miss this weekend, then plans on releasing his top three finalists.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound New Orleans native already knows the schools, but wants to make sure he makes his fifth and final official visit before making it public knowledge.
“I’ve actually got my top three right now. I can’t say, but I have it,” Christmas-Giles told SEC Country. “I could release it maybe this weekend after the visit.”
Ole Miss will host Christmas-Giles on Jan. 29 and have the last chance to make its pitch to the highly touted defensive tackle, who has garnered the attention of LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Texas, among many others, in recent weeks.
“I’ve been talking to Ole Miss for a while,” Christmas-Giles said. “I just want to see the campus. They run a 4-3 and a 3-4, so I mean, it’s a pretty good defense.”
Scheme is one of the factors that will go into the St. Augustine High School product’s decision.
The past two weekends, Christmas-Giles has been to both LSU (Jan. 15) and Texas A&M (Jan. 22).
After being hosted by LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, Christmas-Giles left Baton Rouge, La., impressed.
“I got along with the guys pretty well, the football players, and I liked the campus,” he said.
Last week, five-star prospect Rashard Lawrence committed to LSU, which pushed the total number of defensive tackles in the Tigers’ 2016 class to three.
Christmas-Giles said that wouldn’t impact his decision.
“It’s a pretty good defensive line,” he said of LSU’s future rotation, “but I’m not sure if that shakes up anything for me. It doesn’t matter.”
Christmas-Giles spent last weekend in College Station, Texas, where he was hosted by Texas A&M defensive tackle Daylon Mack.
Another visit, another positive experience, the defensive tackle said.
“It went great,” said Christmas-Giles. “He (Mack) was telling me about how the school goes. The campus is beautiful. It’s a pretty big campus, and he was showing me around everything. They run a 4-3, and I fit best in a 4-3, so that’s a good thing.”
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