HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2013 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, All-CIF Western Division, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Defensive Player of the Year, Wave Newspapers All-West Region and All-Mission League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior linebacker at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He had 117 tackles, including 25 for losses (with 12 sacks), plus 7 interceptions, 7 deflections, 4 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles in 2013.
As a 2012 junior, he made All-Mission League second team while getting 68 tackles, including 10 for losses (with 5 sacks), 7 deflections and 2 forced fumbles.
As a sophomore in 2011, he had 30 tackles, including 5 for losses (with 4 sacks), plus 2 interceptions.
He also played basketball at Serra. Current Trojans George Farmer, Jalen Greene and Adoree' Jackson also prepped at Serra.
PERSONAL: His nickname is Buddha. His brother, Tim, played fullback and linebacker at Washington in 2010 and 2011.