Class of 2012 Introduction: Marcel Andry

John Curtis Christian has a deep and talented upcoming junior class and defensive tackle Marcel Andry is one of the best young players for the Patriots. Find out more about the big defensive tackle, who puts up amazing numbers in the strength and conditioning department.

If you're searching for defensive tackle prospects, Louisiana is a current hot spot. Anthony Johnson, Mickey Johnson, Demarcus Hodge, Chuck Hunter, Tyler Porter, Lance Callihan, and Malcolm Pichon are a few of the outstanding senior in-state DTs this year.

Looking ahead, there's a couple of names that are already emerging as big-time DT prospects in the Class of 2012: Gerron Borne of East St. John and Marcel Andry of John Curtis Christian.

As a sophomore, Andry totaled 40 tackles and a couple of sacks for Curtis, which reached the state finals. Andry's weight room (and track) numbers are astounding for a junior-to-be: 405-pound bench press, 540-pound squat, and 4.8 in the 40-yard dash.

"I'm 6-fooot-2 and 260 pounds," Andry said. "I'm a quick, fast and strong player who is helped by playing around other good players on the defensive line. I like to rush the passer. If an offensive lineman doesn't have quick feet, then he's going to have trouble blocking me."

Andry is already receiving interest from some big-name programs.

"I'm getting letters from Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and LSU," he said, "and the SMU recruiter was watching me when he came down here this spring. I'm going to the LSU camp tomorrow with Torrey Bell and Raydell Mason.

"I also like Alabama, Nebraska, and Tulane. Bama has Robby Green on their team and he's my cousin. There's a couple of former Curtis players who I respect and whose programs I'm interested in: P.J. Smith of Nebraska and Andrew Nierman at Tulane."

Andry hopes to lead his team to a state championship after the Patriots lost to Evangel Christian in the 2009 title game.

"Expectations are really high," Andry said. "We play a Florida team (Gainesville) early in the season and we want to beat them. I don't know much about them yet, but I assume that they'll have speed and run a lot of gun.

"Of course, we want to win state. We've been executing well on both sides of the ball during the offseason. We've been coming hard."

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