Saint Joseph's High School running back Andre Stoddard blazed a trail for his squad last season. The 2014 prospect amassed some startling numbers and we caught up with him as he's a prospect to keep an eye on moving forward.
To say his sophomore season was a success would be a brash understatement.
"Last season I scored 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,800 yards and had 2,300+ all-purpose yards," Stoddard said.
That success brought plenty of awards and recognition too.
"I made 1st Team All-County, was named Player of the Week, and named All- Region."
Standing 5'10 220 pounds the St. Joe's prospect makes no bones about what makes him such an outstanding prospect at running back.
"My biggest strengths would probably be my size, strength, and speed."
He also talked about areas of his game that he feels need further work.
"I think all aspects of my game have a ton of room for improvement. I am working on every single aspect of my game this off season."
So far just Clemson has contacted Stoddard but he's hoping that will change soon. He also informed us that he has yet to take visits as it isn't allowed until his junior season.
Some may question his talents playing in 1A but considering his numbers and that the team he felt he had his very best game of the year against won a state championship it's hard to deny his skills.
"My best game last season was against our rival, Christ Church. I carried the ball 34 times and rushed for 354 yards with 5 touchdowns. The thing that made it memorable for me was that I saw my teammates pouring everything out and playing extremely hard on every down. I felt we played very well as a team and we had a lot of fun. It was also a very emotional night because it was senior night, I knew that it would be the last home game I would play with the seniors so I did everything in my power to make that night memorable for them."
Stoddard was born without 3 fingers on his hand but it obviously hasn't taken anything away from his ability to carry and secure the ball out of the backfield. He talked at length with us about what he wants college coaches to know about him and his talents despite only having two fingers on that hand.
"I would like for college coaches to know that I don't have any restrictions because of my hand. I'm capable of doing anything that any other athlete can do. I give my teammates everything that I have on Friday nights and I am willing to do anything in my power to get a win."
The 2014 prospect also told us what schools he's wanting to hear more from before too long as well.
Looking ahead he also talked to us about what he'll value most when looking at potential colleges.
"Education is going to be a key factor when choosing a college. I will also consider the size of the school and what they have to offer. I'm very open minded and will consider any school. If I can get a free education while doing something that I love to do (play football), my dreams would become a reality for me."
Heading towards his junior season Stoddard says he'll attend various camps this off season like an Under Armor camp, Clemson football camp, South Carolina football camp, and Georgia football camp.
SCPrepNation.com will continue to track Stoddard's recruitment and progress moving forward so keep it right here! For now check out some of his numbers in the weight room and get some fun facts about what he enjoys best and more below.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...ANDRE STODDARD
Bench press: 330 pounds
Squat: 540 pounds
40 time: 4.5 seconds
FUN FACTS...ANDRE STODDARD
Favorite movie: The Blindside
Favorite actor: Chris Tucker
Favorite music artist: Big Sean
Favorite food: Lasagna
Favorite subject in school: History
Favorite football player: Adrian Peterson
Dream school: Clemson
Dream date: Sierra Hyer
Two things that most people would be surprised to know about me: I was born with 7 fingers and another interesting thing about me is that I love to bake cakes.