Andry has an early favorite

Marcel Andry is one of the best junior prospects in Louisiana, and the John Curtis Christian DT already has an early leader among the schools that are recruiting him.

"The program I like the most is Arkansas," said early three-star junior Marcel Andry. "They have a good coaching staff and I know some of their players, such as (former teammate) Luke Charpentier, Jerico Nelson, and Ramon Broadway. Luke likes it there. He really likes it.

"I also like Ohio State and Nebraska. I like Jim Tressel and the way that the Buckeyes play defense. I like the hype that surrounds Ohio State's program. I love Nebraska, and I'm getting a lot of mail from them."

John Curtis, the River Ridge-based private school powerhouse that's known for its split-back veer offense and rugged, fundamentally-sound defense, has sent players to both Columbus and Lincoln in the past.

Marcel Andry
Former Patriot Jonathan Wells was a star running back for Ohio State a few years back, and Nebraska has a pair of Curtis alumni on its roster: P.J. Smith and Walker Ashburn.

"P.J. is a great athlete and if he keeps playing the way he's been playing, then he could go early in the NFL Draft," said Andry. "He has the great size and speed combination."

Andry said that he's also receiving a steady supply of mail from Florida and Texas A&M.

Curtis reached the state finals this year before losing to Evangel Christian, and Andry played a huge role in the Patriots' success, collecting 89 tackles and a team-leading 8 sacks.

The junior ranked second on the squad in tackles, which is unusual for a DT. What are his strengths on the field?

"I'm good at stopping the run," Andry explained. "If the ball comes my way, I try to get hold of the ball-carrier and manhandle them.

"Our team did pretty good this year, and we got a lot accomplished. It was my first year starting, and when (standout LB) Seth Jones went out with an injury during the season, I had some big shoes to fill (in helping lead the defense)."

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