AT COLORADO: THIS SEASON (Fr.)—Projected as an inside linebacker as a true freshman in college.
HIGH SCHOOL—A SuperPrep All-Far West team member (the No. 118 overall player in California), Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 45 linebacker in the nation and the No. 88 overall prospect in the state of California. He was the San Diego Union-Tribune defensive player of the year in San Diego County, garnering first-team all-state (Cal Hi Sports), all-CIF, all-North County and all-Avocado League honors, despite playing through injuries to an ankle and shoulder. He was also named to the Gridiron first team, and was Oceanside’s defensive and overall team most valuable player. All this followed a season where was he earned first-team all-state and all-CIF accolades and was one of just two juniors to be named first-team all-conference in 2004. As a senior, he racked up 177 total tackles, with 18 for losses including five quarterback sacks, along with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in leading a defense that allowed just 212 yards per game. He also played sparingly on offense (tight end) in blocking situations, and had one touchdown reception on the year. As a junior, he made 165 tackles, including 15 for losses (seven sacks). Top games as a senior included a 12-tackle effort in a hard fought 10-9 victory over Eastlake; a 15-tackle game in a 42-0 romp over Poway; and 12 tackles in a loss to Fallbrook. He also recorded 20-plus tackles in CIF San Diego Section Division II championship games as both a junior and senior. Under coach John Carroll, his team went a combined 40-8 in his four years on the varsity squad and won back-to-back CIF section titles as a junior and senior. Oceanside was 10-3 his senior year, advancing all the way to the CIF Championship game; was 13-0 in his junior year, winning the CIF Championship; was 9-3 his sophomore season, and 8-2 his freshman year. He also lettered four times in volleyball, as he was named the team MVP in both his junior and senior seasons.
ACADEMICS—He is undecided on his major at Colorado. In high school he was enrolled for four years in AVID, a program that helps students prepare for college.
PERSONAL—Born August 16, 1988 in San Clemente, Calif. For several summers, he has regularly coached defense for a Pop Warner team. (Last name is pronounced no-new.)