|High School:||Oscar Smith|
Freshman All-America Honorable Mention (Campus Insider)
2015: A true freshman who came back from a serious injury in high school to contribute from day one for the Seminole defense…played in all 13 games, starting nine...finished with 41 tackles, 5.0 TFL, two sacks, an interception, three pass break-ups, three quarterback hurries and three fumble recoveries en route to Freshman All-America Honorable Mention accolades from CampusInsider.com...his 41 tackles are tied for 21st on FSU’s all-time list for tackles by a freshman…wrapped up the season tied for the ACC lead and ranked seventh nationally in fumbles recovered...made his collegiate debut in the season opener against Texas State and finished with three tackles…first career start came at Boston College – finished with three tackles including a TFL…recorded a season-high six tackles three times including at Georgia Tech…lone interception on the year came against the Yellow Jackets when he tipped a pass into the air and caught it for his first career INT...also added his first career sack against Georgia Tech...had six tackles at No. 1 Clemson and at Florida...tallied 1.5 tackles for loss in a win over NC State…closed out his freshman season with a career-high two TFLs, including a sack and a pass defended against Houston in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl…was recognized as one of FSU’s Top Newcomers of the Year on defense at the end of the year banquet.
PERSONAL: Consensus five-star defensive end, ranked No. 1 in the nation at his position by 247Sports and Scout in the 2015 recruiting class…tabbed the country’s fifth-best overall player by Scout, sixth-best by 247Sports, No. 11 by ESPN and No. 34 by Rivals…unanimous No. 1 prospect in Virginia…rated the second-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals and No. 3 by ESPN…only played in two games as a senior before a season-ending injury…had 94 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 22 sacks as a junior at Oscar Smith in 2013…was named to the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game, but did not play…picked Florida State over Virginia Tech, Georgia, Oregon and Ohio State...born March 29, 1997...majoring in history.