Defensive End | 6-3, 280 | Hope, Ark. (Hope HS) | Twitter: @So_Splash
An early enrollee who earned a five-star rating from 247Sports and a four-star rating from ESPN, Rivals and Scout … Tabbed the No. 1 player in the state of Arkansas by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals … Ranked the No. 11 overall player in the country by ESPN, the No. 18 overall by 247Sports, the No. 44 overall by Scout and the No. 50 overall by Rivals … Pegged as the No. 2 defensive end prospect by 247Sports, the No. 3 defensive end prospect by ESPN and the No. 7 defensive end prospect by Scout … Four-star ESPN ranking came with a grade of 89 … Has been clocked at 4.59 in the 40-yard dash … Practiced with Arkansas in January before taking part in Under Armour All-America game … 2015 ALL-USA Arkansas Football Defensive Player of the Year … Is a three-time All-State selection … Named the 2015 Gatorade Arkansas Football Player of the Year and Hooten’s Arkansas Football Farm Bureau Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year … Chosen as the 5A South Outstanding Lineman and Sports Illustrated’s High School Athlete of the Month for November … Named this year’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps Defensive Player of the Year … Selected to the MaxPreps 2015 Football Medium Schools All-America First Team … Garnered MaxPreps 2015 Football All-America second team honors … Earned the prestigious 2015 Paul Eells award, given annually to an Arkansas High school football player who best exhibits perseverance, determination, courage and resolve in the face of adversity … As a senior, tallied 77 tackles, including 13 for loss, 24 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, and nine pass breakups to help Hope to a 9-3 record and the Class 5A quarterfinals under head coach Jay Turley … Also rushed for 184 yards and eight touchdowns on 21 carries, caught eight passes for 97 yards and one touchdown and averaged 50 yards on seven kickoff returns … Participated in The Opening at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, which is considered the most prestigious summer showcase for high school football prospects … Recorded 72 tackles, 22 sacks, 13 pass knockdowns, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior … Named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Sophomore Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 after recording 77 tackles, including 32 for loss and 16 sacks. Also a two-time defending state shot put champ … Ran an 11.6 second 100-meters in the 2015 state district track meet … Has a 345 pound bench press, 335 power clean, 530 squat and 315 incline … Chose Arkansas over Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington State and others.
Born on September 25, 1997 … Son of Deanna Giddens, who is a nurse … Has two sisters, Dominecia (21) and Taneka (14) … Most memorable moment of his career so far was chasing down an opposing quarterback 80 yards to save a touchdown … Graduated from high school one term early in the top 10 of his class, and earned 13 college credit hours … Wants to be a strength and conditioning coach.