Coached by Scott Surratt at Carthage High School in Carthage, Texas.
US Army All-American.
Member of the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s Super Team second team.
Earned a spot on the Class 3A All-State second-team and was named District 20-3A Defensive MVP after making 76 tackles, 4 sacks, 32 TFL, 4 FF, and 2 FR as a senior in 2012. Also earned Class 3A All-Region III honors.
Recorded 78 tackles, 8 sacks, 14 TFL in his junior season, which earned him first-team All-District 8-2A honors.
4-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Scout.com.
Rated No. 20 DT by ESPN.com.
Rated No. 8 DT by Rivals.com.
Rated No. 9 DT by Scout.com.
Chose A&M over Baylor, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, and TCU.