Richmond, VA | 6046 | 265 | 4.69E | 2020
Possesses the size, quickness and skillset to be a consistent double-digit sack master at the next level. Has the ability to rush the edge as a defensive end with his hand in the dirt or standup as an outside linebacker and drop into coverage if need be. Has even been used in the slot. “He’s a worker, he’s a humble guy, he’s a quick learner, and he’s a very mature player with a good skillset,” defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. “Got a great first step, and he’s long.
Everything’s in front of that guy.” Youngest of nine children. Both parents served as Army sergeants (combined 46 years). Attended Benedictine College Preparatory, a private military academy in Richmond—his father passed away from cancer during his freshman year. He suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his knee as a senior in high school. Bulked up 40 pounds during his redshirt freshman season at Clemson. Immediately stepped into a starting spot after not playing for two years and played a key role in helping the Tigers on their 2016 National Championship run, registering a sack and three tackles for losses in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.
2016: Shared Defensive Rookie of the Year honors with Dexter Lawrence … produced 50 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and six sacks, to go along with a team-high 24 quarterback pressures in 15 games (15 starts) … started first collegiate game at Auburn, and posted three quarterback pressures … posted two sacks in the win over No. 3 Louisville, part of 10 tackles for loss against the Cardinals … tallied three-yard sack in Clemson’s road win over Boston College … defensive player of the game against Florida State, when he recorded two tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in Clemson’s big win … posted half a tackle for loss in game against Pittsburgh … had a pass breakup and two pressures against South Carolina … posted two tackles for loss, including a sack, in ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech … named defensive Most Valuable Player in the Fiesta Bowl after posting three tackles for loss, including a sack … played just 36 snaps due to injury in the National Championship Game, but contributed two pressures and a tackle for loss.
High School/Personal: No. 115 player and No. 7 defensive end in the nation and No. 5 player in Virginia by 247Sports.com … No. 135 player and No. 6 defensive end in the nation and No. 5 player in Virginia by Rivals.com … No. 136 player in the nation and No. 5 player in Virginia by ESPN … No. 196 player in the nation by Scout.com … joined Chad Smith as first Tiger signees from Virginia since Tajh Boyd (2009) … Under Armour All-America Game selection, but did not play due to injury … did not play as a senior due to a torn ACL … had 60 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks as a junior … all-state selection as a junior … played two years of basketball … coached by Greg Lilly … recruited by Marion Hobby and Brent Venables. Personal: Majoring in sports communication … born May 17, 1997.