*Had surgery in 2020 to repair a bulging disk in his spine that kept him sidelined for the entire season. A congenital fusion was found in his spine after he suffered a stinger during practice that led to the procedure.
*Played basketball in addition to football in High School
*Was the No. 1 rated recruit in the state of Alabama and was only the second top-ranked player from the state to not sign with Alabama since 2005
*Mother served in the Navy and Alabama National Guard. She completed deployments to both Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Scheme tendencies: Spread featuring a blend of quick game and deep shots
2021 Projected role: Starting wide receiver
Pros: Thick, physical frame and he plays to his size. Has excellent play strength and it shows up when he’s challenged with contact as a route-runner or with the ball in his hands. Thrives in a possession-style role where he showcases the ability to uncover quickly, position his frame, and present himself to the quarterback. Has some impressive grabs on film where he plucks the football away from his frame and holds on through contact. Ball skills are reliable and there aren’t issues tracking or adjusting. Best routes come on the vertical plane when he has a runway where he can sell vertical cuts and take advantage of his build-up speed. There are impressive reps where he’s the play-side blocker on outside run or quick pass where he brings the fight and wins as a stalk blocker. Plays under control and within his skill set. Decisive and physical working after the catch.
Cons: Modest get-off, agility, and lateral quickness. Speed is gradual. Route tempo and urgency are often lacking. Only an average separator and he doesn’t quickly stack corners, especially when he’s not afforded a runway against off coverage. Late separation against sticky corners is a struggle. Guilty of too many drops, which is especially frustrating because of the high-level flashes he illustrates firmly plucking the football through contact.