RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 197 player in the country overall, the No. 13 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 7 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 209 overall prospect in the country, the No. 15 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 8 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the country by PrepStar … Rated the No. 4 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 2 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … Listed as the No. 23 defensive end in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 17 outside linebacker in the country, the No. 27 player in his region and the No. 5 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation … Ranked as the No. 196 overall prospect in the country and the No. 19 defensive end in the country by Tom Lemming on MaxPreps … Listed as the No. 202 player in the country and the No. 25 defensive end in the country by Scout.
THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on February 1, 2012 … Pronounced ee-CAN-em … From the same high school as former Hokie center Beau Warren … A SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American … A National Underclassmen Combine East Regional Second-Team All-America selection … Named the Group AAA Defensive Player of the Year by VirginiaPreps.com … Also a first-team Group AAA all-state selection at defensive line by VirginiaPreps … The Northern Region Player of the Year … A two-time All-Met selection by The Washington Post … Made the first team his senior year as a defensive lineman … Led Centreville to the Virginia Group AAA Division 6 title game … Racked up 72 tackles his senior year, including 18 sacks, to go along with 32 quarterback pressures … Also caught eight touchdown passes … Had a 4.5-sack performance in the state semifinals against Hermitage … Tore his ACL and meniscus in the state title game and underwent surgery in late December, 2011 … A member of the National Underclassmen Combine preseason East Regional Second-Team All-American Team … Player host was Ronny Vandyke … Recruited by Bud Foster.