2018: Listed as the second string middle linebacker behind returning starter Ben Humphreys ... member of Duke LB unit ranked No. 1 in the ACC by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... following spring practice, shared Most Improved Defensive Player honors with CB Myles Hudzick and S Marquis Waters ... in 25 career games (3 starts), has 64 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, two caused fumbles, one fumble recovery and five QB pressures ... has 10+ tackles in two games including a career-high 13 stops against Army West Point and 11 tackles versus Wake Forest, both in 2017 ... has 14 games with 2+ tackles ... has played 798 career snaps ... couples with Humphreys (1,934) and Joe Giles-Harris (1,688) to form a LB trio with 4,420 combined snaps of experience ... in May, 2018, joined 10 teammates on a mission trip to Guatemala for a Habitat for Humanity initiative.
2017 Game-by-Game Statistics
2017: Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the program’s Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, an honor presented annually to offensive, defensive and developmental program members for year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning, and Bill Keziah Award as the team’s most outstanding special teams performer ... played in all 13 games with three starts ... earned starting assignments against Army West Point, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest ... totaled 52 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, two caused fumbles, one fumble recovery and one QB pressure ... led Duke with 12 special teams tackles ... had 2+ tackles in 11 games including a season-high 13 stops at Army West Point ... also reached double figures with 11 stops at Wake Forest ... also against the Demon Deacons, logged two caused fumbles to match the second-highest single-game total in Duke history along with one fumble recovery and one QB pressure ... secured a season-high 1.5 TFL along with seven total stops in the win over Georgia Tech ... first collegiate sack came at Virginia Tech ... on the field for 547 snaps.
2016 Game-by-Game Statistics
2016: Played in all 12 games ... totaled 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL and four QB pressures ... had 2+ tackles in three games including a season-high four stops at Pittsburgh ... had two tackles including 1.0 TFL and two QB pressures at Northwestern ... one of eight true freshmen to earn varsity letter ... on the field for 251 snaps.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Four-year letterman at Kingswood Oxford School under head coach Jason Martinez ... four-star prospect by Rivals.com ... three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com ... charted as the nation’s No. 9 inside linebacker by Rivals.com ... tabbed as the No. 18 inside linebacker in the country by ESPN.com, the No. 32 outside linebacker by 247Sports.com and the No. 49 outside linebacker by Scout.com ... participated the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Game and helped the East squad to a 28-13 victory ... following senior campaign, earned All-New England, All-Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) and USA Today High School Sports American Family Insurance ALL-USA Connecticut Team accolades ... recognized at the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s ninth annual High School Breakfast of Champions following senior year ... as a senior captain, helped Kingswood Oxford to 7-1 record, a third straight FAA title and the school’s first New England Championship ... totaled 104 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one INT, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three blocked punts ... totaled 1,004 all-purpose yards with 13 TDs ... in state title game, rushed 16 times for 156 yards and two TDs ... in the FAA championship-clinching contest, ran for two TDs in the second half and totaled 163 ground yards as the Wyverns defeated Rye Country Day, 43-24 ... as a junior, booked 122 tackles, 15.0 TFL, 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one caused fumble and one blocked punt ... also rushed for 1,278 yards on 120 carries with 15 TDs ... helped Wyverns to 7-2 record and share of FAA championship ... during sophomore campaign, recorded 103 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two caused fumbles as Kingswood Oxford went 6-2 and shared FAA title with a 4-1 league mark ... during freshman year, carded 94 tackles and one INT ... also lettered in track and field.
PERSONAL: Born November 4, 1997, in Ghana, and came to the United States at the age of four ... majoring in psychology while pursuing a certificate in markets and management ... son of Naana Boakye.