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.
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.
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.) PLAYER POS. HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE
1. (1) Zachary Evans RB Galena Park North Shore (6A) Uncommitted
2. (3) Jaylon Jones DB Cibolo Steele (6A) Texas A&M
3. (5) Drew Sanders OLB Denton Ryan (5A) Alabama
4. (2) Demond Demas WR Tomball (5A) Texas A&M
5. (4) Ja'Quinden Jackson QB Duncanville (6A) Texas
6. (20) Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR Rockwall (6A) Ohio State
7. (11) RJ Mickens S Southlake Carroll (6A) Clemson
8. (9) Jase McClellan RB Aledo (5A) Alabama
9. (7) Vernon Broughton DT Cy Ridge (6A) Texas
10. (18) Jalen Kimber CB Mansfield Timberview (5A) Georgia
11. (10) Haynes King QB Longview (5A) Texas A&M
12. (8) Hudson Card QB Lake Travis (6A) Texas
13. (17) Nate Anderson OT Frisco Reedy (5A) Oklahoma
14. (45) Jalin Conyers TE Gruver (2A) Oklahoma
15. (12) Quentin Johnston WR Temple (6A) TCU
16. (52) Garrett Hayes OT Athens (4A) TCU
17. (19) Prince Dorbah OLB Highland Park (5A) Texas
18. (26) Seth McGowan RB Mesquite Poteet (5A) Oklahoma
19. (15) Xavion Alford S Alvin Shadow Creek (5A) Texas
20. (14) Alfred Collins DT Bastrop Cedar Creek (5A) Uncommitted
21. (35) Devon Achane WR Fort Bend Marshall (5A) Texas A&M
22. (40) Marvin Mims WR Frisco Lone Star (5A) Oklahoma
23. (23) EJ Smith RB Dallas Jesuit (6A) Stanford
24. (34) Jerrin Thompson S Lufkin (6A) Texas
25. (6) Chad Lindberg OT Clear Creek (6A) Georgia
26. (13) Jaylen Garth OT Port Neches-Groves (5A) Texas
27. (25) Malik Hornsby QB Fort Bend Marshall (5A) Arkansas
28. (32) Jahari Rogers CB Arlington (6A) Florida
29. (33) Collin Sullivan WR Round Rock (6A) Purdue
30. (27) Logan Parr OG San Antonio O'Connor (6A) Texas
31. (NR) Jahdae Barron CB Pflugerville Connally (5A) Baylor
32. (41) Josh White OLB Cy Creek (6A) LSU
33. (22) Princely Umanmielen DE Manor (5A) Florida
34. (30) Jake Majors OC Prosper (6A) Texas
35. (21) Alec Bryant OLB Alvin Shadow Creek (5A) Virginia Tech
36. (NR) Andrej Karic OT Southlake Carroll (6A) Texas
37. (NR) Loic Fouonji WR Midland Lee (6A) Texas Tech
38. (44) Kitan Crawford CB John Tyler (6A) Texas
39. (47) Parker Washington WR Fort Bend Travis (6A) Penn State
40. (46) Kevontre Bradford RB Lancaster (6A) LSU
41. (48) Akinola Ogunbiyi OG Fort Bend Kempner (6A) Texas A&M
42. (38) Bryson Washington S C.E. King (6A) Oklahoma
43. (31) Lorando Johnson CB Lancaster (6A) LSU
44. (49) Ryan Watts CB Little Elm (5A) Ohio State
45. (51) Avery Helm CB Fort Bend Marshall (5A) Florida
46. (50) Michael Henderson ATH Carrollton Ranchview (4A) Oklahoma
47. (24) Chris Thompson Jr. S Duncanville (6A) Auburn
48. (16) Troy Omeire WR Fort Bend Austin (6A) Texas
49. (55) Trent Pullen OG Waco Connally (4A) Oklahoma State
50. (36) Darius Snow S Carrollton Hebron (6A) Michigan State
51. (37) James Sylvester DE Newton (2A) Baylor
52. (NR) Kelvontay Dixon WR Carthage (4A) Texas
53. (53) Chandler Morris QB Highland Park (5A) Auburn
54. (42) Brennan Scott OLB Bishop Dunne (TAPPS) UNLV
55. (43) Ty'Kieast Crawford OT Carthage (4A) Kilgore College (JUCO)