He was a wrestler and football player at Montpelier High School before he decided to pursue a career in entertainment.
He also appeared on Friday Night Lights as the character Cash.
He is from Montpelier, Ohio and has a younger sister named Emily. He welcomed a daughter in 2011 with his ex Alanna Turner and sought full custody of her in 2013. He began dating his Vampire Diaries co-star Nathalie Kelley in 2016.