Springfield, MA | 6033 | 310 | 4.88E | 2019
A rare athletic specimen at 320 pounds, able to do backflips, splits and dunk a basketball with ease. Can dominate with physicality or finesse, this is a highly competitive player on the field and a leader who players gravitate towards in the locker room. Possesses ultra-quick hands, disengages quickly, demonstrates excellent change of direction in pursuit and can beat opponents with his strength or agility, which includes an excellent dip move. Understands how to keep his hips square at the line of scrimmage and doesn’t get fooled often by play fakes or misdirection. Off the field, he shows a fun-loving personality and has been known amongst teammates to be a practical joker. A great character guy and hardest working player, according to his high school football coach. Has played every position along the defensive line. Has lined up on offense and caught a touchdown out of the backfield, has blocked kicks on special teams, serves as the quarterback of the punt team and makes all the calls, will also take direct snaps on fakes. Simply a player who can serve as a disruptive force from the interior on any defense at the next level and can contribute in so many various ways.
2016: snaps over 15 games (15 starts) … also had 20 quarterback pressures … established Clemson record by a defensive end with 10 passes broken up.
2015: All-ACC Academic Team selection … had 84 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 453 snaps over 15 games (one start) … had 12 quarterback pressures and a caused fumble.
High School: No. 21 player and No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by Rivals.com … No. 24 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by 247Sports.com (seventh-best signee entering the ACC) … No. 32 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by ESPN … No. 39 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player in Connecticut by Scout.com … had 253 tackles, 69.5 tackles for loss, 28.5 sacks and six recovered fumbles in 35 career games … had 71 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, eight sacks and four caused fumbles as a senior … had 57 tackles and 20 tackles for loss as a junior … had 12 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore … four-year letterman in basketball who averaged 19.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as a junior … recruited by Dan Brooks and Brent Venables … coached by Andrew Gamere.
Personal: Majoring in communication … born Dec. 20, 1995.