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4-star SDE Princely Umanmielen decommits from Texas

The local product pledged to the Longhorns in August.

SB Nation: Joe Hamilton

For the second time this cycle, the Texas Longhorns have lost a member of their 2020 class, as local Manor strong-side defensive end Princely Umanmielen took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to announce his decommitment from Tom Herman’s program.

“First off, I want to say I have nothing but LOVE and RESPECT for Coach Herman and the rest of the Texas coaching staff,” Umanmielen wrote on Twitter. “But after sitting down and talking with my parents and mentor, I feel like I made a decision too early.”

A four-star talent ranked among the top 230 nationally, Umanmielen committed to Texas nearly two and a half months ago on Aug. 12, although he originally planned to announce his decision on Oct. 15. In making his surprise pledge, Umanmielen sided with Texas over a top group that also included Texas A&M and Oklahoma, so it’s likely that the Aggies and Sooners will re-emerge as legitimate potential landing spots.

As far as Texas is concerned, the Longhorns will likely continue to pursue Umanmielen, but in recruiting, recommitments are generally few and far between.

The top option to replace Umanmielen in Texas’ 2020 class appears to be Bastrop Cedar Creek product Alfred Collins, who has remained especially high on the Longhorns throughout the process and was on campus over the weekend for an official visit.

With Umanmielen no longer in the mix, Texas’ 2020 class is down to 19 members, but remains ranked No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12.