He was born on November 3, 1989 and attended Pahokee (FL) High. As a freshman, he played in 10 games with 10 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. As a sophomore, he appeared in 13 games, and recorded 19 tackles, 3 for loss, 0.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. He earned a starting spot at defensive tackle as a junior, starting 10 of 12 games. He had 42 tackles, 8 for loss, 3 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 pass deflection that year. As a senior, he started the first 6 games of the year, with five starts at left defensive tackle and one at left defensive end. But he was suspended a game for punching an opposing player in the groin and lost his starting position. He finished the year with 10 total appearances, and recorded 41 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 2 sacks, and 4 pass deflections. He also performed shotput on Miami's track team in the spring of 2009. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2012.
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Signed by Atlanta Falcons on April 30, 2012 ... Cut by Falcons on August 31, 2012 ... Re-signed by Falcons to their practice squad on September 1, 2012 ... Re-signed by Falcons on January 21, 2013.
Signed a three-year deal with base salaries of: $390,000 (2012); $480,000 (2013); and $570,000 (2014).