HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2013 Prep Star All-American, Student Sports All-American second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Orange County Register All-Orange County Defensive Player of the Year and All-Trinity League Co-Player of the Year as a cornerback, wide receiver and returner at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (Calif.). He had 34 tackles, 4 interceptions and 9 deflections on defense in 2013, along with 1,135 all-purpose yards, including 31 receptions for 557 yards (18.0 avg) with 4 TDs, 13 punt returns for 240 yards (18.5 avg) and 7 kickoff returns for 167 yards (23.9 avg).
As a 2012 junior, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team as he had 43 tackles, 7 interceptions, 6 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries on defense, along with 1,113 all-purpose yards, including 10 catches for 83 yards (8.3 avg) with 3 TDs, 22 kickoff returns for 632 yards (28.7 avg) and 23 punt returns for 295 yards (12.8 avg).
As a sophomore in 2011, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team as he had 12 tackles, 2 interceptions and 4 deflections, plus 5 punt returns for 109 yards (21.8 avg) and 4 kickoff returns for 111 yards 27.8 avg). In his career, he had 2,598 all-purpose yards. Current Trojan Victor Blackwell also prepped at Mater Dei.