Enrolled in January 2016 and had an enormous impact on the Tigers' National Championship defense.
2016: Freshman All-American by ESPN and USA Today ... ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year (media, coaches) ... Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus ... second-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... All-ACC Academic Team selection ... shared Rookie of the Year honors defensively with Clelin Ferrell ... produced 79 tackles, fifth-most on the team, in 643 snaps over 15 games (11 starts) ... broke Clemson freshman record with seven sacks, while also tallying 9.5 tackles for loss ... produced 23 quarterback pressures, the second-highest figure on the team ... also had two recovered fumbles and two blocked kicks ... notched 10 tackles in his debut at Auburn, with a sack and pass breakup ... also played on offense, helping Wayne Gallman to a touchdown run ... posted two tackles for loss against Troy ... credited with six pressures by the coaches in 46-point win at Boston College, where he also contributed a fumble recovery ... had a sack in win over NC State ... posted a sack and five total tackles at Florida State, a 37-34 win for the Tigers ... had five tackles, including a sack, against Syracuse ... blocked a field goal and extra point in loss to Pittsburgh ... had a sack in 21 snaps of victory over South Carolina ... posted two sacks in ACC Championship win over Virginia Tech ... had four tackles and two pressures in National Championship against Alabama.
Before Clemson: One of the highest rated five-star recruits in Clemson history ... first-team USA Today All-American ... listed as the No. 2 overall player in the nation by Rivals and 247Sports.com, the highest ranking in history for a Clemson signee by the latter ... No. 3 by Scout.com ... No. 5 overall player in the nation by PrepStar ... No. 6 overall prospect by ESPN and No. 7 by Tom Lemming ... top-two prospect at his position according to 247 Sports, Rivals, and Scout ... third-best prospect at defensive tackle by ESPN ... top player in the state of North Carolina according to all services ... Associated Press Prep Player of the Year in North Carolina in 2015 ... played in the U.S. Army All-America game ... first-team all-state, he was the top vote getter on the defense ... had 91 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, and 16 quarterback hurries in 12 games as a senior ... helped Wake Forest to a 12-1 record his senior year ... had 55 tackles, 10 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, three blocked kicks and three forced fumbles as a junior ... helped team to a 15-1 record and a berth in AAAA State Championship game ... had 56 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and five sacks as a sophomore ... for his career had 204 tackles, 65 tackles for loss and 28 sacks ... added six caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... played three years of basketball ... recruited by Brent Venables, Robbie Caldwell and Dan Brooks ... narrowed his college choices to Clemson, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Alabama and Florida ... coached by Reggie Lucas.
Personal: Participated in math camps as a young man ... Clemson was his first college offer ... majoring in justice studies.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide