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Orange Park, FL | 6002 | 240 | 4.68E | 2020
Hard-hitting field general who brings a tough-minded mentality with his leadership and poise, to go along with all the intangibles. Possesses extremely quick closing quickness and great strength—has been known to create fumbles. In addition to the confidence he instills in his teammates by the way he conducts himself, he shows great multi-directional change of direction with the ability to cover and has tremendous read/react instincts. Excellent vision; he gets after it sideline-to-sideline and north to south. Has been dominant at every level and became the first true freshman to start at middle linebacker since Dan Morgan in 1998, starting all of the 13 games. He finished with 84 total tackles (10 for loss), a team-best eight quarterback hurries, three and a half sacks and a fumble recovery, earning Freshman All-American and receiving All-ACC honors. “He has great characteristics of a leader,” head coach Mark Richt said of his leadership skills. “He works hard. He studies. He behaves. He does all the things you would want a leader to do, and I think he has gained the respect of our team.”
2016: Delivered dominant freshman season, starting all 13 games and finishing second on team with 84 tackles (43 solo)…Earned Freshman All-America recognition from ESPN, Pro Football Focus and 247Sports…Third-team All-ACC selection by ACC coaches and Honorable Mention All-ACC recognition from Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA)…Ranked third on team with 10.0 tackles for loss (39 yards) and finished with 3.5 sacks…Had team-best eight quarterback hurries…Added one pass breakup and scored one defensive touchdown on fumble recovery.
High School: Consensus four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout… Earned Florida Times-Union Defensive Player of the Year honors in final year…Recorded eye-popping totals of 412 tackles, 23.5 TFLs, six sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and eight PBUs over four-year varsity career…Chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State, among others.