Two dozen programs have presented scholarship offers to imposing Manor strong-side defensive end Princely Umanmielen. As of Monday evening, only five remain in the mix, as Umanmielen cut his list to just Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oregon, and LSU.
A fairly local product, as his high school stomping grounds are approximately 20 minutes from the Forty Acres, Umanmielen has made a handful of trips to Texas throughout the past year, including three this offseason, the most recent of which took place just weeks ago for the Orange-White spring game.
“Texas is really close, and I’ve been there plenty of times,” Umanmielen told BON’s Joe Hamilton in March. “I’m really familiar with Coach Giles, Coach Herman and everybody. I have a real close relationship with them.”
“They’re really pressing me and telling me that they really, really want me,” Umanmielen added. “Coach Herman tells me that ‘he’ll be damned if he let a kid from Austin go to any other school in the nation.’”
Texas has pressed and prioritized Umanmielen as a priority prospect this cycle, and for good reason. After posting 45 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks as a junior, despite primarily playing inside away from his preferred position as a 4i-technique edge rusher, the 6’4, 256-pound Umanmielen only continued to impress as various camps this offseason, as previously detailed by BON’s Joe Hamilton.
“Umanmielen was exceptionally impressive at both events, displaying great explosiveness off the ball, using powerful and quick hand usage, while showing that he’s also equipped with an arsenal of pass-rushing moves,” Hamilton said of Umanmielen’s efforts at The Opening and the Under Armour camp. “All of his abilities were solidified on paper as he posted the highest SPARQ rating for a defensive lineman (96.30) at The Opening regional.”
Currently considered a top 250 prospect nationally and ranked as the nation’s No. 12 strong-side defensive end, per the 247Sports Composite, Umanmielen is aiming to bring his recruitment to a close in September.
As it currently stands, Oklahoma owns each of his two Crystal Ball picks.