Manor defensive lineman Princely Umanmielen at The Opening Final in Frisco. (Mike Craven)


Commitment 101: Princely Umanmielen provides perfect fit for Texas’ defensive line

Posted August 12th, 2019


Texas stayed local to land four-star defensive end Princely Umanmielen. The four-star from Manor High School surprised the recruiting community by pledging to the Longhorns on Monday afternoon. The 6-4, 249-pound defender picked Texas over programs like Texas A&M and Oklahoma. He’s now the 15th commitment in Texas’ 2020 recruiting class, which ranks sixth in the nation. Umanmielen is No. 28 on the 2020 Fabulous 55 and a national top-250 prospect, per 247Sports composite rankings.

Umanmielen was a first-team all-district selection as a junior after recording 45 tackles, including 21 for loss, and 5.5 sacks. He also caused two fumbles. The big-bodied defensive lineman is expected to play the 4i position utilized by Texas’ odd-man defensive front. That position is currently manned by Malcolm Roach. Texas’ top remaining target along the defensive line is Bastrop Cedar Creek’s Alfred Collins.

“Texas always felt like home more than anywhere else,” Umanmielen said. “I stopped worrying about scheme so much because Charles Omenihu made it work, so why can’t I?”

Skill set: It always felt like Umanmielen’s heart remained in Austin and with the Longhorns. His main concern was scheme. Umanmielen is a big-bodied defensive lineman who wants to remain at defensive end. He continuously stated throughout the process that he’d prefer to play in a four-man front, yet he kept visiting Texas and remained close to current commits like Prince Dorbah. The Longhorns overcame Umanmielen’s schematic concerns to land a play who profiles perfectly into an odd-man front because of his combination of size and athleticism. 

“Princely had a great summer conditioning camp,” said Manor assistant coach and recruiting coordinator James Keller. “He worked hard and I can’t wait to see the results on the field.”

Umanmielen isn’t quite a pure edge rushing defensive end or big enough to move inside to play defensive tackle. The 4i position will provide him a home, much like it did for Roach under defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Umanmielen will be tasked with taking on double teams against the run and penetrating the pocket when teams pass. His ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage is exactly what the Longhorns want at the position. 

Immediate impact: Roach won’t be on the roster when Umanmielen steps foot on campus next summer. There will be an open competition for the two-deep at the 4i position and it is likely that Umanmielen works himself into some early snaps if he shows up on campus in shape. He’s among the best pure athletes Texas has recruited at defensive line under Herman. Umanmielen’s ability to play early comes down to his own work ethic and the development of the young defensive linemen currently on campus. He wants to play early and there’s no doubt that Texas will afford him the opportunity if Umanmielen is among the best options on campus as a true freshman. 

Fitting into the program: Umanmielen shouldn’t be shocked by the culture at Texas when he arrives next season. He lives a short drive away and spent plenty of time around the program on visits to understand what is expected. Texas hasn’t exactly dominated the Austin-area if we remove Lake Travis from the equation. Landing Umanmielen is a big get on the football field, but it’s also important because the Longhorns didn’t lose a home-grown product to a rival program. 

Recruiting at the position: Texas is doing a masterful job at defensive line in the 2020 class. Umanmielen joins a group that includes Vernon Broughton and Van Fillinger. Dorbah plays defensive end at Highland Park, but is expected to move to B-Backer at Texas. The big fish remaining is Collins, who is a four-star in his own right. If the Longhorns land Collins, Oscar Giles and the defensive staff get an A+ for their efforts in the 2020 cycle. 

Texas' 2020 recruiting class

A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
Hudson CardQBLake Travis4May 25 (2018)
Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor4Oct. 28 (2018)
Jake MajorsOGProsper4Jan. 24
Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves4Feb. 17
Jaden HullabyATHBishop Dunne3March 30
Ja'Quinden JacksonQB/ATHDuncanville4June 3
Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler4June 21
Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park4July 9
Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge4July 17
Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll3July 24
Bijan RobinsonRBSalpointe Catholic (Ariz.)5Aug. 2
Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin4Aug. 11
Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek4Aug. 16
Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin4Sept. 20
Dajon HarrisonATHHutto3Nov. 5
Sawyer Goram-WelchDTLongview3Dec. 15
Jaylan FordOLBFrisco Lone Star3Dec. 19
Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage4Feb. 4