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Four-star edge Zina Umeozulu signs with Texas

Zina joins his older brother, Neto, on the Forty Acres.


The Texas Longhorns beefed up their defensive line on Early Signing Day with the addition of four-star edge Zino Umeozulu.

A familiar name for Longhorn fans, the 6’4, 210-pound defender from Allen High School is the younger brother of Texas guard Neto Umeozulu, but despite the family connection, the recruitment was never a slam dunk for the Horns. Texas was one of the earliest offers on the table, making their pursuit official in October of his sophomore year and managing to make what seemed to be the final cut of schools. Along with Oklahoma and Texas A&M, Texas earned a visit during the June visit period, with the Longhorns getting the last official visit of the summer.

The Aggies got Umeozulu back on campus for an unofficial at the end of July, trying to land his services in an already stacked defensive line class. In a potential boon for Texas, the Longhorns hosted Umeozulu on a visit for last Saturday’s season opener against the Owls.

As a sophomore and junior, Umeozulu totaled 89 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and three forced fumbles.

The four-star edge rusher becomes just the second edge in class, joining top-ranked rusher Colin Simmons on the outsides of the defense to form a great pairing as Texas heads to the SEC. Umeozulu is currently ranked as the No. 287 prospect in the country and the No. 25 edge, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.