Playing weakside linebacker for Kecoughtan High, Jerod record 92 solos and 118 assists as a senior, with 18 tackles for loss and six fumbles caused. He also intercepted two passes. Offensively, he rushed for 1,245 yards (9.0 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns. As a junior, he registered 68 tackles, including 22 for minus yardage, with three sacks, four interceptions and five forced fumbles.
''I have a knack for finding the ball,'' he told TheInsiders.com. ''I make plays. I get off the edge good and also can drop into coverage. I'd like to have better 40 speed which would help me in man-to-man coverage. I could get more picks.''