During his days in Lake Wales High School, he played both in junior and senior category as one of the main kickers with his personal best longest shot at a distance of 55 yards. In 2007, a Florida based journal, the Lakeland Ledger, named him the male athlete of the year. He also got recognized as the football player of the year, the same year. After high school, he opted to study at University of South Florida. He also dabbled in tennis for three years.