HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2013 Prep Star All-American, ESPN 300, Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team and All-CIF Pac-5 Division as a senior defensive end at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower (Calif.). He had 66 tackles, with 5 sacks, in 2013. St. John Bosco won the 2013 CIF Pac-5 Division championship and CIF state championship Open Division bowl game.
As a 2012 junior, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior third team and All-CIF Pac-5 Division while making 57 tackles, including 13 for a loss (with 6 sacks), plus an interception, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
As a sophomore in 2011, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore second team and All-Trinity League as he had 40 tackles with a sack, as well as a fumble recovery. Current Trojans Nico Falah and Damien Mama also prepped at St. John Bosco.