The best recruits in the Austin-area for the 2019 recruiting class are wide receivers. Prospects like Garrett Wilson, Elijah Higgins and Jaylen Ellis gained big offers and were awarded spots on the Fabulous 55. The 2020 class is headlined by a pair of defensive linemen in Manor’s Princely Umanmielen and Cedar Creek’s Alfred Collins.
The duo already hold offers from Texas and other top programs, and both will appear on the 2020 Fabulous 55 when it is released in February.
Umanmielen and his Manor teammates remained undefeated in district play with a dominant effort over Pflugerville Connally on Thursday night. Umanmielen started at defensive tackle and he flashed athleticism and power as the starting unit allowed just one touchdown before sitting out the fourth quarter. Umanmielen is a 6-4, 250-pound three-star prospect with eight offers.
“I most definitely see myself at defensive end. I’m playing defensive tackle right now because my team needs me to,” he said. “I’m kind of mad at myself with the performance, but the team played great. I had a million quarterback pressures and hurries, but couldn’t break down and pull off a sack.”
Umanmielen is one of five 2020 ends with a current offer from Texas, joining Collins, in-state talents Vernon Broughton and Prince Dorbah, as well as out-of-state four-star Darnell Washington. The Longhorns hope to load up at the position in 2020 after failing to identify top-level talent at the position outside of Peter Mpgai this cycle because T’Vondre Sweat is built more like a future defensive end than an edge rusher.
“I like Texas a lot,” Umanmielen said. “No one’s really a front-runner, but I really like Texas and assistant coach Oscar Giles.”
Collins is a Texas legacy. His mom, Benita, played basketball for the Longhorns under Jody Conradt. Collins wears a size 19 shoe and might not be done growing.
“This recruiting process is a true blessing, and the Texas offer was amazing,” Collins said. “I can play wherever on the defensive line, but defensive end is where my upside is the highest.”
Collins, a 6-4, 240-pound three-star, is a player Texas hopes to keep local. He aided in Cedar Creek’s Friday night victory over Pflugerville Weiss.
“He’s a physical specimen and I’m not sure he even knows how good he can be yet,” said Cedar Creek head coach Jon Edwards. “He’s what a college wants in a defensive lineman.”