Texas’ two main targets at defensive end each live within 30 miles of campus. Bastrop Cedar Creek’s Alfred Collins and Manor’s Princely Umanmielen were among a few dozen top recruits to converge on Texas’ campus for a pool party known as the Heat Wave. The two are familiar with everything Texas can offer after numerous trips up the road to campus. Saturday’s event was about fun.
“It was a fun day,” Collins said. “I spent time with coach Herman and coach Giles.”
The day was a combination of pool party, wing-eating competition, and some basketball with the current players. The coaches won the wing-eating competition. The 6-5, 280-pound Collins could’ve bolstered the recruits’ lineup, except that he only likes boneless wings. Umanmielen enjoyed the basketball and spent the time bonding with future starting defensive tackle Keondre Coburn.
“We just had fun. It wasn’t anything new to see. It was just a fun, positive atmosphere,” Umanmielen said. “I played basketball with the players and other recruits. Keondre Coburn and I bonded.”
Umanmielen is four-star defensive end with the potential to grow into a defensive tackle since he already stands at 6-4, 256 pounds. The Manor product is the 29th-ranked player on the 2020 Fabulous 55. He’s ranked as the No. 255 overall player in the country; per 247Sports composite rankings. Umanmielen holds 25 offers with Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M among his favorites. He plans to announce a decision on Oct. 15.
“I know what Texas offers, so there isn’t pressure to get to know everybody on one trip. I feel comfortable enough here to be like another player on the team,” he said. “It’s basically relationship building at this point because I know which schools I like and which schools like me.”
Collins’ upside is immense with his frame growing to 6-5.5 and 280 pounds. He played at around 240 pounds as a sophomore. There is no secret to his weight gain outside of a lot of time spent eating and working out. Collins is the 13th-ranked player on the Fab 55. He’s the ninth-ranked weakside end in the country and a budding top-150 prospect in the nation, per 247Sports composite rankings. He wears a size 18 shoe.
“I’m looking for a family atmosphere and somewhere I want to play and live for three years,” Collins said. “I’m still a long way from making a decision.”
Texas prefers big-bodied ends like Umanmielen and Collins due to the odd-man front deployed by defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. A new offer in the 2021 class fits that bill perfectly. DeSoto defensive end Shemar Turner is a 6-3.5, 260-pound prospect with 16 offers. He received his offer on June 21 and was in town for the Heat Wave.
“It was a surprise. It was exciting. We went on a tour and eventually coach Herman gave me an offer,” Turner said. “It feels like I’m at home. I’m very comfortable here.”
Turner describes himself as quick and explosive for his size. The Dallas to Austin movement is growing with the recent commitment of Duncanville Ja’Quinden Jackson, who is a young legend with unique leadership qualities from south Dallas. It’s more than just getting players in burnt orange, however. It’s about keeping Texas athletes inside the state, according to Turner.
“We really want to start trying to keep the best players in this state, even if it’s not Texas,” he said.