Coached by Phil Padgett and Charlie Dempsey at Southwest-Onslow … Ranked the No. 36 player in the state of North Carolina and the No. 74 overall as a defensive end in the country by ESPN … Listed No. 27 by position in the country and No. 24 in the state by 247Sports …  Scout ranks him the fourth-best defensive end in the state and No. 124 in the country, while Rivals lists him overall at No. 24 in the state and No. 27 overall by position... As a junior, had 71 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 11 more tackles for a loss at Southwest Onslow High … Had offers from Duke, ECU, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee and more.

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