Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-time, All-Western North Carolina football team selection ... Collected the 2016 Citizen-Times All-WNC Offensive Player of the Year accolades ... Finished as the all-time career leader at Tuscola HS with 3,999 rushing yards and 68 career touchdowns ... Scored the second-most touchdowns in North Carolina high school football (38) to go along with single-season school records for rushing yardage (1,944) and rushing TD's (35) ... Selected to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA North Carolina Football Team published by USA TODAY High School Sports ... On defense, secured 73 tackles and three interceptions ... A versatile athlete, also averaged 41.9 yards per punt as a senior ... As a junior, placed second out of more than 100 football players in the standing long jump at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Mid-Atlantic Super Regional combine ... Played for head coach Tommy Pursley.