TCU lost out on a major recruit Tuesday night, when 4-star defensive tackle D'Andre Christmas-Giles announced he would be attending the University of Texas. Christmas-Giles committed on a local New Orleans news channel.
Rated as the No. 32 defensive tackle in the country according to 247Sports Composite, Giles amassed 30 scholarship offers, including offers from TCU, Texas, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Miami, and Tennessee. The New Orleans native originally committed to Tennessee in August of 2015, and remained committed until mid-December. However, like many recruits in today's climate, a commitment didn't seem to slow down his recruitment at all. He pulled in a handful of offers after his verbal pledge to the Vols, and eventually decommitted.
His decommitment came a day after he officially visited Texas, and a week after he visited TCU.
Christmas-Giles was seen to be an LSU lean at that point, as the Tigers pursued him heavily, along with the Frogs, Longhorns, and Aggies. An official visit to Texas A&M the weekend of January 22nd seemed to have the Aggies in good position, but Christmas-Giles announced his top three schools just days after his visit, eliminating the Aggies from contention.
Ultimately, Christmas-Giles committed to the Horns, who are set to take up to five defensive tackles in this class.
The Frogs missed out on a seriously quality defensive lineman, because Christmas-Giles has an incredible first step, and the natural size and strength to be a force along the line for years to come. He would have absolutely excelled in the Frogs' system.