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South County Secondary School
Senior captain and team MVP... Two-year starter at safety... Helped Stallions' 2009 squad to 7-5 record and second round of Division 6-AAA state playoffs... As senior, earned All-State recognition after posting 75 tackles, three INTs and 11 defensed passes... Added 285 rushing yards and three TDs as H-back... Earned Washington Post's All-Metro honor as kick returner after two early-season returns for TDs... Also ran track... Member of National Honor Society.
André Leigh Simmons... Son of Warren and Gwendolyn Simmons... Born Feb. 21, 1992 in Offenbach, Germany... Youngest of three brothers... Dad is an independent contractor; mom is a child development specialist... Dad played football at Louisiana-Monroe... First player from newly opened school to sign Division I athletic scholarship... Big fan of the New Orleans Saints... After playing days conclude, hopes to coach at college level.
HEAD COACH PETE BENDORF
"Great family, great kid, great character. It has been my pleasure to coach Andre and I know Vanderbilt's staff will feel the same way.
"Andre was our starting free safety and did everything we asked of him at a very high level. As a safety, he was extremely physical, but his finest characteristic may well be the level of intelligence he brings to a football team.
"Andre has superb instincts and knowledge of defensive schemes. He'd watch film, quickly pick up formulations and tendencies, and realize what we wanted to achieve on defense. He was absolutely a coach on the field.