Enrolled in January 2016 and made an impact defensively and on special teams for the National Championship team.
2016: Produced 22 tackles in 102 snaps (15 games) ... contributed seven of his tackles on special teams ... posted four tackles and a sack in his first game as a Tiger at Auburn ... two of his four stops were on special teams ... registered 1.5 tackles for loss in win over SC State ... notched three tackles in 10 snaps against Boston College ... had two tackles in 21 snaps against Syracuse ... showed his range with outstanding pass breakup in the redzone against Wake Forest ... had four stops in 12 plays against South Carolina ... posted an assisted tackle on special teams coverage against Alabama.
Before Clemson: No. 89 player in the nation and No. 2 linebacker, and No. 9 player in Georgia by ESPN ... No. 16 overall player and No. 2 linebacker in the nation and No. 4 player in Georgia by Rivals ... No. 37 player by and No. 2 linebacker in the nation and No. 6 in Georgia by 247 Sports ... No. 48 player in the nation by Max Preps ... also rated as No 80 overall player in the nation by Tom Lemming ... Under Armour All-American ... named Defensive Player of the Year in state of Georgia by the Atlanta Constitution ... Region Player of the Year as well ... had 156 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, including 10 sacks, three passes broken up, one blocked kick, one interception and one touchdown as a senior at Roswell High in 2015, helping his team to a 14-0 record before losing in the state championship game ... so his high school team had same record as Clemson in 2015 ... had nine tackles and a sack in state championship game ... started his senior year strong with 18 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries in the season opener ... had 76 tackles in first five games of the 2015 season ... had 78 tackles, 19 for losses, including one for a safety as a junior ... had 67 tackles, four sacks, 25 tackles for loss and 8 pass break-ups in 2013 ... named to Super 11 Team in 2015 by the Atlanta Constitution, first player from Roswell High to be named ... recruited by Brent Venables and Tony Elliott ... chose Clemson over Alabama and Auburn ... .played his high school football for John Ford, a Clemson graduate.
Personal: His uncle, Anthony Butts played for Mississippi State and in the NFL ... majoring in pre-business.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide