Fort Lauderdale, FL | 6012 | 198 | 4.52E | 2019
Tall, tough corner with great ball instincts; gets his head turned around quickly and locates the ball in a manner that few backs can. Maintains excellent positioning in man coverage, he makes so many interceptions that appear as if the ball was meant for him. Possesses physical build, uses body lean technique to ride receivers down the sideline. He has had a streaky career and played primarily on special teams as a freshman. Aggressive style of play will naturally result in the occasional big play for the other team but the numerous big plays he makes in between, more than compensates for it. Former Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain (Southern Miss) was his position coach at American Heritage High School in Florida and serves as a mentor. Tied for the FBS lead in interceptions with eight in 2016. Missed all of 2017 spring practice following January surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. “He played with it all year. It wasn’t bad,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “It was torn, and we wanted to go ahead and fix it. [The team trainer] said it’ll be a problem, so get it [done] now during the offseason.” Chose FSU over Georgia and LSU.
2016: Seeing the first extended action of his career, finished with eight interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the country and second-most in FSU single-season history en route to first team All-America honors from the FWAA and Phil Steele and All-ACC First Team accolades… totaled 20 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and six pass breakups, while starting all 13 games.
2015: Freshman defensive back that played in seven games, recording four tackles and one kickoff return for 26 yards…had one tackle in the opener against Texas State…first career kickoff return came against Chattanooga…finished with three tackles against the Mocs.
High School/Personal: Consensus five-star cornerback prospect from 2015 class who committed to FSU in October 2014…possesses the size (6-2, 197), speed and ball skills to be a dominant college cover corner…ranked the nation’s No. 3 defensive back in his class by Rivals and 247Sports, No. 4 by Scout and No. 5 by ESPN…consensus Top 10 prospect in Florida…rated the nation’s No. 13 overall player by Rivals, No. 17 by Scout and No. 19 by 247Sports…ranked No. 47 in the ESPN300…. named the Lockheed Martin Air Defender of the Year award winner – presented to the top prep defensive back in the country by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee…led American Heritage to a second consecutive 5A state championship by tallying five interceptions, 41 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and scoring five total touchdowns in four different ways (one pick six, two punt returns, one kickoff, one reception)…captured 5A All-State First Team and American Family Insurance Florida All-State Team honors…named the 2014 All-Broward Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Broward County Team…MaxPreps Medium School All-American…participated at Nike’s ‘The Opening,’ an all-star summer prospect camp, in 2014…picked Florida State over Georgia and LSU…born January 28, 1997…majoring in criminology.