Graduated from Simeon Academy in 2011. Coached by Dante Culbreath and rated the 28th-best offensive tackle nationally and ranked seventh overall from the state of Illinois by Rivals.com. Ranked 8th at the offensive tackle position nationally, 47th overall nationally and top-ranked player from the state of Illinois on Scout.com. 5th ranked offensive tackle, 2nd ranked player from the state of Illinois and 71st-ranked player nationally according to 247Sports.com. No. 10 offensive tackle, top-ranked player from the state of Illinois and 94th-ranked player nationally according to ESPN.com. Ranked 68th overall nationally and ninth nationally among offensive tackles by MaxPreps.com. Sports Illustrated honorable mention All-America. 2012 Parade All-America team selection. Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix.
Four-star prospect by Rivals and ESPN Rivals ranked him the 50th-best prospect in the state of Florida. ESPN rated him the 48th-best prospect in Florida and the 21st-best cornerback in the nation No. 284 in ESPN’s Top 300. Senior season featured 59 tackles, three tackles for loss, one interception, seven pass breakups and one fumble recovery Semper Fidelis All-American First-team Class 7A all-state by The Associated Press. Junior year had 27 tackles, two tackles for loss, six interceptions, seven pass breakups and one fumble recovery. Skilled kickoff and punt returner and also played some at quarterback, completing over 60 percent of his passes. Team won the 7A state championship as a freshman and was 7A runner-up his junior season. Four-year letterman, three-year starter Coached by Yusuf Shakir. List of offers included Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and Vanderbilt. Versatile athlete on the track and field team, competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, 4×100-meter relay, high jump and long jump.