He attended St. Augustine High School, where he became the first freshman ever to earn a scholarship offer from LSU. He was considered the nation's top senior recruit coming out of high school by publications like 247 Sports and CBS Sports.
He popularized the term "BUGA Nation," with "BUGA" being an acronym for "Being United Generates Attitude."
He has siblings named Latae, Lanata and Lanard. He had a daughter named Lyric in January 2015 with girlfriend Jaymee.
He was recruited to play for the LSU Tigers by head coach Les Miles.