• position Defensive Lineman
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 332
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Detroit, Mich.
  • High school Oak Park

2021 – Sophomore

  • Saw action in all 13 games this season with four starting assignments
  • Totaled 16 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks
  • Made a career-high four tackles, including a nine-yard quarterback sack and a one-yard tackle for loss in the win over Vanderbilt
  • Totaled three tackles in the win over Florida and also had three at Georgia and vs. Mississippi State

2020 – Freshman

  • Saw action in seven games and totaled nine tackles and a TFL
  • Got his first career TFL in the win over South Carolina
  • Recorded a career-high three tackles at Alabama
  • Saw his first collegiate action vs. Mississippi State and charted two tackles in his debut

High School

  • Elite five-star prospect and the No. 10 overall prospect by Rivals
  • Ranked the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan by 247Sports Composite
  • Considered the second-best defensive tackle in the 2020 class by Rivals
  • Four-year starter who dominated both sides of the ball — offensive tackle and defensive end – for head coach Greg Carter
  • As a senior, did not give up a sack offensively, while defensively he charted six sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered two fumbles
  • Named to the Detroit News Football Dream Team and the All-North Football Team in 2019
  • Totaled 22 TFL, seven sacks and four forced fumbles to help Oak Park win the OAA White Division championship as a junior
  • One of seven boys in his family
  • Reconnects with high school teammate Marquan McCall
  • His first college offer came from Kentucky when he was in the eighth grade
  • Picked Kentucky over Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee


  • Born in Detroit
  • Son of Joya Townsel
  • Siblings are Jeremiah Townsel and Raychard White
  • Major is undecided

Justin Says

  • He chose Kentucky because he felt an instant connection
  • The person he most admires is his mom because of her strength and how she deals with five sons
  • Besides being good at football, he’s also a good cook
  • Three words to describe him are team player, reliable, and trustworthy
  • In one sentence he would describe Coach Stoops as “an amazing person who has a heart of gold for his players”
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