One of the most dominant defensive players in the talent-rich state of Texas…was a disruptive force for offenses from his defensive tackle position…has quick feet and shuffles well, an ability that also made him an excellent offensive lineman, in addition to his considerable defensive skills…has exceptional quickness and flexibility for a player his size…a quick starter as a blocker, he’s also an explosive rusher in the defensive interior…the strongest football player in Wharton’s history, holding school records for the squat (525 pounds), power clean (300) and bench press (370)…moves well for his size, having been timed consistently at 4.9 in the 40-yard dash…rated the no. 41 prospect in Texas by SuperPrep…rated the nation’s no. 14 offensive tackle prospect by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report…rated the no. 26 prospect in Texas by Rivals.com and the Dallas Morning News…rated the no. 35 player in Texas on the Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55…rated the no. 41 prospect in Texas by SuperPrep…rated the no. 19 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com…rated the no. 42 prospect on the Rivals.com Midlands Sweet 66…rated the no. 33 player in Texas on the Rivals.com Texas Top 100 list…a Second-Team selection on the 2003 Texas Football magazine Super Team of top high school players…as a senior in 2003, he played defensive tackle, offensive tackle and fullback on an 8-4 team that advanced to the second round of the Texas Class 3A playoffs…a two-time First-Team All-District 28-3A selection…as a junior, he led his team to a 7-5 record and the Regional finals of the 2002 Texas Class 3A playoffs when he had 106 tackles, 15 sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries…also played basketball in high school, averaging 27 points per game as a junior in 2002-03…also received scholarship offers in basketball…chose Miami over Texas A&M, Baylor, North Carolina, Nebraska, Michigan and Texas…coached by Russell Roberts.