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Homestead, FL | 6052 | 258 | 4.67E | 2020
Limber and agile, with the ability to dip under opposing offensive tackles and glide low to the ground—he contorts his body in a similar manner to how a Harley-Davidson rides the ground around a sharp turn. Shows excellent closing speed in pursuit and sheds blockers well—head is constantly on the swivel looking for somebody to hit. Had one of the most remarkable freshman seasons in school history, recording eight and half sacks, despite starting just two games all year, including their bowl game finale where he came up with four tackles and a sack in a big victory under first-year head coach Mark Richt. Overall game is still raw; needs to further develop his technique. Would like to see him do a better job of wrapping up the ball carrier, rather than using his shoulder and diving at runners. Working on becoming more consistent, as he continues to learn the ‘Canes defense, according to defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. “The way the game is today, you have to earn the right to rush the passer. You do that by being where you’re supposed to be to stop the run on first and second down. You’ve got to be aware what types of blocks are coming. Sometimes that takes at-bats for Joe.”
2017: Started season opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 2) and finished with three tackles (one solo)…Credited with one PBU in win over Wildcats…Started and finished with career-high seven tackles (all solo) in win over Toledo (Sept. 23)…Recorded first sack of season (three yards) and finished with 2.0 TFLs (four yards) in start at Duke (Sept. 29)…Started and had four tackles (two solo) and one solo sack (one yard) in win at Florida State (Oct. 7)…Finished with two tackles (one solo) in win over Georgia Tech (Oct. 14)…Started and had five tackles (four solo) and 1.0 TFL (two yards) in win over Syracuse (Oct. 21).
2016: Delivered dominant freshman season, seeing action in all 13 games with two starts…Led team in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (8.5)…Totaled 32 tackles (17 solo)…Totaled two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
High School: Four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports … Totaled 46 tackles, six sacks and four forced fumbles in final season…Had 59 tackles and four sacks junior year…Finished his career with 178 total tackles, 19 sacks and eight forced fumbles…Also competed in basketball and track at Gulliver Prep…Chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State, among others.