The Texas Longhorns continue to evaluate and extend offers along the defensive line in hopes of landing a group to complement defensive tackle commit Gerald Wilbon, adding New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine defensive tackle D'Andre Christmas-Giles to the recruiting radar on Wednesday evening:
Committed to the Tennessee Volunteers since late August, Christmas-Giles has seen his recruitment take off since the Volunteers offered only five days before his commitment. Since then, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Kentucky all officially joined his recruitment.
The 6'3, 285-pounder is ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 1,911 player nationally, the No. 114 defensive tackle, and the No. 90 player in Louisiana, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
At the New Orleans The Opening Regional back in March, Christmas-Giles ran a 5.44 40-yard dash, 5.01 shuttle, and a 25.5-inch vertical.
With a relatively thin base, Christmas-Giles looks like a three-technique defensive tackle in college. The shuttle time for him is adequate, but he shows better quickness off the ball than one might expect from a low three-star prospect. Christmas-Giles also flashes the ability to time snap counts and shoot gaps before offensive linemen have a chance to control him.
The concern with Christmas-Giles is that he often plays with poor pad level, raising questions about his flexibility. Until he corrects that and adds some lower-body strength, he's going to get washed off the ball in college. However, the Horns need bodies at the position and Christmas-Giles shows flashes of some projectable abilities.
Now Texas just needs to get him on campus and see if defensive line coach Brick Haley can use his Louisiana ties to flip Christmas-Giles.