NEW ORLEANS — Four months ago, D’Andre Christmas-Giles held only one SEC offer.
Today, that number has ballooned to seven.
Overall, the St. Augustine (New Orleans) High School 3-star defensive tackle boasts 30 offers, and those from the SEC have piled in at a rapid pace over the past few weeks.
The rush culminated with an offer from LSU, which coincided with Christmas-Giles de-committing from Tennessee earlier in the week.
“It meant a lot,” Christmas-Giles said of the LSU offer, “but I didn’t know why they came after most schools when I’m right down the street from LSU.
“It meant a lot to me. They’re a great school.”
Christmas-Giles added that there is definitely mutual interest between him and the Tigers.
Christmas-Giles has picked up offers from South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Mississippi State in recent weeks.
The rush has been exciting for the defensive tackle, who plans to release his top five on Jan. 1 and his list of official visits soon after on Jan. 8.
“It’s been going real good. It’s just been a blessing,” Christmas-Giles told SEC Country. “I wasn’t sure how recruitment was going to go, but I knew how good my season was going to go and I worked really hard.”
“It’s been all a blessing,” he added. “I’m just staying focused with my grades and the recruiting process. I’m enjoying it.
Christmas-Giles said the main factors in his decision will be early playing time and the school’s graduation rate and APR, as well as how comfortable he feels on campus.
After being committed to the Vols for four months, de-committing did not come easy. Christmas-Giles was appreciative of the Tennessee fan base for all of the support that poured in, but to head to Knoxville, Tenn. was not in his best interest.
Simply put, Christmas-Giles said the decision was very hard.
“It was more because of personal reasons,” Christmas-Giles explained. “For the most part didn’t see myself happy being there for three or four years outside of the football season.”
That makes Louisiana’s 22nd-ranked player and the nation’s 40th-rated defensive tackle one of the hottest commodities leading up to National Signing Day.
And that’s precisely how long these schools will have to wait to hear Christmas-Giles’ decision.
“I’m not planning on announcing my commitment yet,” he said. “I’m planning on having my three hats ready and then choosing on Signing Day.”