He was regarded as a five-star prospect and the nation's top high school player by Rivals.com and was named their national Defensive Player of the Year. He was considered a five-star recruit and the nation's top player by Scout.com. He was the No. 1 prospect in the nation according to 247Sports and was considered the nation's top player by PrepStar magazine, while earning first-team All-America accolades by MaxPreps and Rivals.com. He was also rated as the No. 1 prospect on ESPNU's 150.
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