- Coached by Guy Blanchard at Port Allen High School in Port Allen, La.
- As a senior, he recorded 59 tackles, 9 TFL, 3 INT, 5 PBUs on defense, while completing 76-of-166 passes for 1,338 yards and 11 TDs and rushing for 919 yards and 7 TDs in 2012.
- Named Louisiana Class 3A first-team All-State and first-team All-District 7-3A on defense, and second-team All-District honors on offense.
- Offense-Defense All-American.
- 2012 Warrick Dunn Award finalist.
- Earned first-team All-District honors and was named District MVP as a junior in 2011.
- First-team All-Metro, LSWA 3A first-team All-State, and 3A first-team All-State (AP) honors in 2011.
- 4-star recruit by Scout.com, 3-star recruit by ESPN.com and Rivals.com.
- Rated No. 35 ILB by ESPN.com.
- Rated No. 19 ILB by Rivals.com.
- Rated No. 14 ILB by Scout.com.
- Chose A&M over Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi State, Nebraska, TCU, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.