The Texas Longhorns won’t have to wait until mid-October to learn the decision of coveted edge rusher Princely Umanmielen.
On Monday, the local Manor star brought his recruitment to an unexpected close, announcing his commitment to Tom Herman’s program over options including Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, and Oregon.
Umanmielen originally aimed to extend his recruitment a bit longer with a planned commitment date of Oct. 15. Even by that timeline, there there was reason for optimism in Austin prior to his unexpected pledge, though Umanmielen’s recruitment was a bit of a toss up and sticking to his original commitment date would have afforded Texas A&M the opportunity to have the final say during an Oct. 11 official visit.
Nevertheless, earlier this spring, following one of Umanmielen’s multiple offseason visits to the Forty Acres, Tom Herman told the local product that “he’ll be damned if he let a kid from Austin go to any other school in the nation,” and the staff has put forth the effort to support that statement, recruiting Umanmielen since his freshman year.
Home is where the heart is— Thehitman (@d1princely) August 12, 2019
On Monday, albeit a couple months sooner than anticipated, Herman made true on that promise, and Texas’ 2020 class now adds yet another priority prospect to the fold.
247Sports Gabe Brooks detailed what Umanmielen brings to the table, noting his ultimate upside as that of a third-day NFL Draft selection:
“Taller, longer-framed defensive lineman with outstanding frame potential. Ample space to add good mass. Fully scheme versatile with experience inside and outside. Frame suggests he could outgrow traditional SDE designation. Plays with consistent effort and a high motor. Long arms allow for encouraging disengaging potential. Active against the run. Flashes impressive lateral quickness relative to size and position. Good athlete with a verified 5.10 40 and terrific 4.41 shuttle. Does not give up on plays and rallies to the ball with pursuit vigor. Height can at times create pad level/leverage issues. Get-off quickness consistency can improve. Will need added play strength to maximize power in the phone booth. Can expand pass-rush repertoire. High-intensity, versatile defensive lineman with great functionality in multiple fronts.”
As a junior, Umanmielen utilized this skill set to amass 45 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
A 6’4, 249-pound talent, Umanmielen is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 230 player overall and as the No. 11 strong-side defensive end, per the 247Sports Composite.
Umanmielen is now commit No. 15 for a class that headlines the Big 12 and is comfortably positioned within the top 10 nationally at No. 6 overall.
- Bijan Robinson — 5-star RB — Tucson (Az.) Salpointe Catholic
- Hudson Card — 4-star QB — Austin Lake Travis
- Ja’Quinden Jackson — 4-star QB — Duncanville
- Vernon Broughton — 4-star DT — Houston Cy Ridge
- Prince Dorbah — 4-star WDE — Dallas Highland Park
- Jaylen Garth — 4-star OT — Port Neches-Groves
- Ethan Pouncey — 4-star CB — Winter Park (Fla.)
- Jake Majors — 4-star C — Prosper
- Kitan Crawford — 4-star CB — Tyler John Tyler
- Jerrin Thompson — 4-star S — Lukfin
- Logan Parr — 4-star OG — Helotes O’Connor
- Princely Umanmielen — 4-star SDE — Manor
- Van Fillinger — 3-star SDE — Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon
- Andrej Karic — 3-star OT — Southlake Carroll
- Jaden Hullaby — 3-star ATH — Dallas Bishop Dunne