Name: Andre Cisco
Weight: 209 lbs.
Hometown: Valley Stream, N.Y.
High School: IMG Academy
2019 stats: Dealt with some injury issues, but still impressed for the Syracuse Orange. Despite missing three games, he had five interceptions, five pass break-ups and 65 tackles. He also collected a half-TFL, a fumble and scored a touchdown en route to earning second-team All-ACC honors.
2020 projections: Cisco’s a unique player that always seems to get better, and (most of the time) avoids repeating mistakes. As the starting strong safety/box safety, he has a real shot to prove he deserves to be a first round NFL Draft pick in 2021. Cisco’s also angling to earn All-American honors for the second time in his career, and maybe take over a few records in the Orange record book as well (including most interceptions in a career).
How’d he get here?: Cisco had opportunities to go to schools like Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern or Vanderbilt back in 2018, but he thankfully picked ‘Cuse. We remain thrilled that he did.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars. Potential miss there, guys.
Money Quote: At least year’s ACC Football Kickoff, Dino Babers had this to say about Cisco’s physical fitness —
“The thing that’s different, I want to talk about what’s different about Cisco, what’s different is he’s changed his body. He went down to Walmart, got him some bis, some tris, and some pecs now, he must have got the pecs off the shelf, around aisle five, he has an upper body that is no joke.”
Twitter feed: @OCHOClSCO
Tweets of wonder: If Coach Babers thought Cisco looked ripped last year, wonder what he had to say after Andre got done with the Killmonger workout.
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Would note that Dino would never recommend this movie. However, we would pick 2001’s Get Over It, with Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster and Sisqo — among others. The movie’s not all that unique for the time, putting a modern spin on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A high school senior tries to win back his ex-girlfriend by joining the school play. Hi-jinks ensue.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Cisco was the second true freshman in college football history to lead the country in interceptions, joining George Shaw, who did it at Oregon back in 1951.
Let’s get a look at ya: Lot of Andre Cisco highlights to choose from, but we pick this selection.