Muscle Shoals, AL | 6026 | 337 | 5.10 | 2018
Hard to block with using a single man up on him, he has especially been praised by defensive line coach Brian Early for his consistency showing up around the football in practice and games. However, he has struggled with his technique when facing double team coverage. He played in just one game as a freshman in 2013 and then three games as a sophomore before deciding to leave Alabama, where he was one of the most heralded high school recruits upon arriving. The Crimson Tide helped make it easier, by releasing him from his scholarship after several Tweets about how well off he was doing financially and a picture of him on Instagram appeared, along with two associates, of them flashing large amounts of cash. He was arrested twice within a ten-day span in 2012 while still in high school. Once for disorderly conduct during a traffic stop involving his mother and then again for trespassing at a local pool during after-hours. Once at Arkansas State, he was forced to sit out a season due to transfer rules before making his presence felt in 2016 as a disruptive backfield force from the interior (nine tackles for loss). He missed most of 2017 due to injuries, specifically a groin that has bothered him since the start of the season. There is an accumulation of red flags around this player but there is no evidence of any serious offense, which means NFL teams will want to at least poke and prod and decide for themselves to see if there is any character or injury concerns. He’ll be best suited as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense at the next level, where he utilize his quickness from the interior.
2016: Played in all 13 games, including four games as a starter . . . Recorded 34 tackles, which were the second most on the team among interior defensive linemen . . . Posted 8.5 tackles for loss, the fourth most on the squad . . . Also responsible for one sack . . . Came up with at least one tackle in every game and had multiple stops in 10 contests, including a season-high six against Georgia Southern.
2015: Sat out and redshirted the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Alabama: Played in three games as a sophomore in 2014 at Alabama, recording one tackle against Western Carolina . . . Played in one game at Alabama in 2013 as a true freshman (versus Tennessee), recording two tackles with one solo stop.
High School: Prior to signing at Alabama, was one of the elite defensive line prospects in the 2013 signing class at Muscle Shoals High School . . . Member of the first team 2012 All-USA Football Team, chosen by USA Today . . . Participated in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game . . . ESPN rated him the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and ranked him 26th in the ESPN 150 . . .Tom Lemming of MaxPreps listed him the nation’s No. 21 overall player, a five-star prospect and the No. 3 defensive tackle . . . No. 3 player in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com . . . recorded 76 tackles as a senior at Muscle Shoals High School, where he was coached by Scott Basden . . .Finished his high school career with over 200 tackles, 68 tackles for loss and 32 sacks.
Personal: Born Oct. 29, 1993 . . . Earned his degree in General Studies in May of 2017.