Baltimore, MD | 6012 | 240 | 4.72E | 2018
A downhill, hard-nosed tackler who has combined for 250 tackles during his past two seasons as a starter. Brings plenty of experience having played in both the 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes under two different head coaches (Mike London and Bronco Mendenhall). Praised by his coaches and teammates for his high character and has embraced the leadership role. A student of the game who is also an Academic All-American. Bullies blocking backs on the pass rush; many of his sacks came off running backs and being positioned well—often times he was unblocked and had a straight path to the quarterback. A bit stiff in the hips and limited athletically—he will not test well. Speed will be the biggest question mark surrounding this prospect as he transitions from the college level to the NFL. The Baltimore native did seek feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, which he says impacted him returning to school to help improve his stock. He was reportedly given a ‘go back to school’ grade and his forty-yard dash time could dictate whether he is selected on day one or day two of the NFL Draft.
2016: FWAA All-America second-team … All-ACC first-team … Coaches All-ACC first-team … CoSIDA Academic All-American second-team … College Sports Madness All-America third-team … ESPN.com All-ACC team … Associated Press All-ACC first-team … Touchdown Club of Richmond’s linebacker of the year … Semifinalist for the Butkus Award … Semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy … CoSIDA Academic District All-American … Bednarik Award Watch List … Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List … Lombardi Watch List … Butkus Award Watch List … Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List.
2015: College Sports Madness All-American third-team … All-ACC first-team … All-ACC Coaches second-team … Touchdown Club of Richmond’s linebacker of the year … one of two players that earned the Rock Weir Award for most improved during spring drills.
2014: Recognized on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
High School: A linebacker and tight end at the Gilman School for head coach Biff Poggi … was a three-year letterwinner and a three-time All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Conference honoree … two-time Maryland Consensus All-State first-team defense … two-time All-Metro first-team … was the 2012 All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year … Baltimore Sun `s Defensive Co-Player of the Year … helped Gilman to a MIAA A Conference title defense … was a 2012 Semper Fidelis All-American … accumulated 111 tackles, two forced fumble and intercepted three passes, while returning two for touchdowns … was a team captain in senior and helped lead Gilman to a No. 19 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 high school team rankings … was a 2011 MaxPreps Air Force Junior All-American second-team linebacker … made 91 tackles and forced three fumbles as a junior in 2011 … a four-star player by 247sports and ESPN.com … a three-star player by Scout.com and Rivals.com …. also played lacrosse at Gilman in 2011 with current Cavalier Ryan Tucker … played the 2010 season of football at Gilman with former Virginia wide receiver Darius Jennings … volunteered with Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Agape House …
Personal: Son of Michael and Donna Kiser … has a younger brother, Jordan.