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Austin, TX; Cedar Creek Eagles defensive lineman Alfred Collins (99) rushes the line against the Akin Eagles during the fourth quarter at the non-district football game on Sept 5, 2019, at the Toney Burger Stadium. [JOHN GUTIERREZ/FOR STATESMAN]

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The Dotted Line: Local defensive linemen Alfred Collins, Princely Umanmielen visit Texas

Posted January 20th, 2020

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Local defensive linemen Alfred Collins and Princely Umanmielen are among the seven uncommitted prospects left on the updated  Fabulous 55. The duo was on campus Saturday, surrounded by dozens of top targets in the 2021 and 2022 cycles. The Longhorns signed 17 players during the early period. Tom Herman hopes to add the pair to that list come Feb. 5.

Cedar Creek defensive lineman Alfred Collins (99) rushes across the lineagainst the Akin Eagles during the third quarter at the non-district football game on Sept 5, 2019, at the Toney Burger Stadium. [JOHN GUTIERREZ/FOR STATESMAN]
Collins, a four-star from Bastrop Cedar Creek, is the second-highest rated uncommitted player in Texas following five-star running back Zachary Evans. Collins (6-5, 275) didn’t transition his focus from basketball to football until his sophomore year of high school. He’s continued to grow as a player, figuratively and literally, ever since. 

Collins is a three-time all-district performer. He earned All-American status in January when he played for the West squad in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio. The 20th-ranked player on the Fab 55 recorded 253 tackles and 18 sacks over his three-year varsity career. He forced 10 fumbles and registered 74 tackles for loss. 

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Texas is competing with Oklahoma and Alabama for Collins’ signature. He’ll pick a school on national signing day. Baylor was in the mix before Matt Rhule left for the NFL.

Collins never felt rushed as a recruit. He maintained throughout the cycle that he’d take his time, and Collins stuck to his plan. 

“I wanted to take my time and make sure I made the right decision,” Collins said on Saturday. “It was important to do my research and build relationships with coaches at my top schools before I picked a new home. It’s a life-long decision and I take it seriously.”

Umanmielen is a four-star defensive end from Manor. The 6-4, 249-pounder appeared destined for Baylor until Rhule’s departure. The one-time UT commit is considering the Longhorns again because the Longhorns are moving to a four-man front under new defensive coordinator Chris Ash. The two spent time watching film together during the Saturday visit. 

“I talked to coach Ash about the new defense. He showed me the clips from his time at Ohio State and where I’d play on the edge,” he said. “The four-man front helps Texas’ chances. I was never thrilled about playing in the three-man front.” 

Umanmielen is set to start an official visit to Florida on Friday. He’s planning on spending the final weekend before signing day at Auburn or Alabama. Auburn was the plan before the Crimson Tide coaching staff dropped by Manor recently to renew interest. Umanmielen also mentioned Oregon. 

“I talk to the players on visits, so I’ll pick where I fit in the best and where I feel the most comfortable,” Umanmielen said. 

He thought his first trip back to campus since de-committing in October would bring awkwardness. Umanmielen was pleasantly surprised. 

“I thought it was going to be weird, but it felt normal. It was a good time,” he said. “Coach Ash seemed like a pretty solid dude. As a defensive lineman, it helps that coach Oscar Giles is still around.”

2020 Fabulous 55 - Winter edition

The updated 2020 55 following the 2019 season.
RANK (PREV.)PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)TCU
2. (3)Jaylon JonesDBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
3. (5)Drew SandersOLBDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
4. (2)Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
5. (4)Ja'Quinden JacksonQBDuncanville (6A)Texas
6. (20)Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
7. (11)RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
8. (9)Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Alabama
9. (7)Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge (6A)Texas
10. (18)Jalen KimberCBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
11. (10)Haynes KingQBLongview (5A)Texas A&M
12. (8)Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
13. (17)Nate AndersonOTFrisco Reedy (5A)Oklahoma
14. (45)Jalin ConyersTEGruver (2A)Oklahoma
15. (12)Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)TCU
16. (52)Garrett HayesOTAthens (4A)TCU
17. (19)Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park (5A)Texas
18. (26)Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Oklahoma
19. (15)Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Texas
20. (14)Alfred CollinsDTBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
21. (35)Devon AchaneWRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
22. (40)Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Oklahoma
23. (23)EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Stanford
24. (34)Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (6A)Texas
25. (6)Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Georgia
26. (13)Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
27. (25)Malik HornsbyQBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Arkansas
28. (32)Jahari RogersCBArlington (6A)Florida
29. (33)Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Purdue
30. (27)Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
31. (NR)Jahdae BarronCBPflugerville Connally (5A)Texas
32. (41)Josh WhiteOLBCy Creek (6A)LSU
33. (22)Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Florida
34. (30)Jake MajorsOCProsper (6A)Texas
35. (21)Alec BryantOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Virginia Tech
36. (NR)Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll (6A)Texas
37. (NR)Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Texas Tech
38. (44)Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler (6A)Texas
39. (47)Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Penn State
40. (46)Kevontre BradfordRBLancaster (6A)LSU
41. (48)Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)Texas A&M
42. (38)Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Oklahoma
43. (31)Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (6A)LSU
44. (49)Ryan WattsCBLittle Elm (5A)Ohio State
45. (51)Avery HelmCBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Florida
46. (50)Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
47. (24)Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Auburn
48. (16)Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Texas
49. (55)Trent Pullen OGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State
50. (36)Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
51. (37)James SylvesterDENewton (2A)Baylor
52. (NR)Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage (4A)Texas
53. (53)Chandler MorrisQBHighland Park (5A)Auburn
54. (42)Brennan ScottOLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)UNLV
55. (43)Ty'Kieast CrawfordOTCarthage (4A)Kilgore College (JUCO)

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