The Texas Longhorns already have a commitment from the state’s top edge prospect in Duncanville’s Colin Simmons, but the Texas staff is still hunting for more as they continue their pursuit of another Metroplex edge rusher.
Four-star Allen defensive end Zina Umeozulu has been a priority recruit for the Texas staff for some time now and on Friday it was announced that Umeozulu has set his decision date for Wednesday.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ DE Zina Umeozulu plans to announce his commitment LIVE on Sept 6 at 6:00 PM CST on Dave Campbell's Texas Football. #TXHSFB— Greg Powers ️ (@GPowersScout) September 1, 2023
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Umeozulu took official visits to Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M in June and the made an unofficial visit to College Station at the end of July. Umeozulu dropped a Top 9 at the end of May, but all signs point to the decision coming down to the Aggies, Longhorns, and Sooners.
Umeozulu is the younger brother of current Longhorn offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu who signed with Texas in the 2022 recruiting cycle. On Saturday, Zina was in Austin for the race game to watch his older brother take on the Owls.
2024 Allen (Texas) EDGE Zina Umeozulu supporting older brother and Texas OL Neto Umeozulu on Campbell-Williams Field— Inside Texas (@InsideTexas) September 2, 2023
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Edge rusher is big position of need for Texas as they gear up for their move to the SEC. Landing Umeozulu would be another nice step in addressing that need if the decision goes their way come Wednesday. In the hours before Umeozulu’s decision, the Longhorns have two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions in their favor.
Umeozulu is the 17th-ranked edge prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings and the 230th-ranked prospect overall.