Andre Kates was a man before the age of ten. At the age of nine, Andre's brother died and as the only man of the house, Andre was forced to take care of his two year old sister while his Mother was away. Andre's love for football help keep him on track through high school as he played for Surrattsville High and Friendship Collegiate in the Washington DC area. His incredible talents led to multiple division one offers from major programs such as Florida and Penn State.
After committing to Florida originally, Andre was forced to play Junior College Football in New York to tend to more family issue. Andre was named National JUCO player of the year after his sophomore season. Following Junior College football, Andre decided to attend Indiana University on a football scholarship for his Junior season. The football gods did not want Andre to finish his collegiate football journey at Indiana so he transferred to Virginia Union for his final year of eligibility. At Virginia Union, Andre recorded 49 Tackles, 2 Tackles For Loss, 1 Sack, 5 Interceptions, 19 Pass Breakups, 2 Fumble Recoveries, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Block Kick, and 1 Safety. He was named: 1st Team All-Conference Selection, defensive back of the year, and an All-American.
Following Andre's senior year, he was invited to play in the Raycom, NFLPA and Casino Del Sol All Star games purely based on his excellent Senior year play. NFLPA game coach and Former NFL Coach Herman Edwards said: “We can put Andre at Safety, Nickel or at Corner. He can play all 3 and play it efficiently.” Furthermore, NFL Hall of Famer Darell Green said: “Andre has some of the smoothest hips and backpedal I’ve seen in 15 years. He will be the next small school success story and is a great leader.”
Andre Kates Senior Year film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/339822/dre-kates