High School: Four-year letterman at Helen Cox High for coach Willie Brooks...rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com while garnering two-star status by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com...earned an 85 rating and rated the No. 47 strong-side defensive end in the country and No. 41 recruit in the state by 247Sports.com while receiving a 67 Scout Grade and rating as the No. 132 defensive in nation and the No. 59 prospect in the state by ESPN.com...helped lead the Cougars to a combined 14 wins and an appearance in the state playoffs as a sophomore...earned first-team all-District 9-4A honors in each of his prep seasons...as a senior, tallied 60 tackles, seven sacks and an interception...also lettered in track and field where he finished third in the Class 4A in the discus and was named Outstanding Field Performer at the Class 3A Region III championship after winning the shot and discus.