Inside Look: 2018 OLB Tobe Umerah

Stratford Academy(GA) athlete Tobe Umerah is quickly becoming one of the state's top defenders after winning Defensive MVP at the Army National Combine. He holds multiple SEC offers, and more could be on the way soon.

Stratford Academy in Macon, Georgia might not be a well known school to most outside of middle Georgia, but it’s a school that has produced quite a few talented players over the year. First it was defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith who played at Nebraska, and then the New England Patriots. Then came Michael Lemon, another defensive lineman who would end up signing with Georgia in 2005. Last year it was receiver Quintez Cephus, who played quite a bit for Wisconsin this fall as the season went on. Next up is 2018 defensive lineman Tobe Umerah.

The 6-foot-3 225-pound outside linebacker is still somewhat of an unknown recruit in the 2018 class, but he does hold offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, and Duke. He won’t be unknown for long, as he was named Defensive MVP at the Army National Combine last weekend in San Antonio, Texas.

Umerah is on Georgia’s radar, but have not extended an offer just yet. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has stopped by Stratford Academy on two occasions to see him, and the Bulldogs are showing heavy interest.

On film, Umerah shows relentless pursuit, a great motor, and versatility. He was moved all over the defensive line this past year, and even played offensive tackle as well. Playing in that classification against smaller players, Umerah’s size allows him to play anywhere on the line. At the next level though, he will likely be an outside linebacker with his frame and ability to rush the passer.

Umerah has been up to Athens twice, and a Georgia offer down the road would be a big one. The Bulldogs have offered two in-state outside linebackers in the 2018 class already in J.J Peterson (Colquitt County), and Quay Walker (Crisp County).  Four-star Quin Williams (Morgan County) is another prospect that Georgia is showing interest in, but like Umerah, the Bulldogs have not offered.

Rome’s Adam Anderson is committed to Georgia in the 2018 class, and is currently the state’s top-ranked defensive end. His long frame and athleticism could allow him take on that pass rushing outside linebacker role as well.

As for Umerah, the schools that have offered all seem to be recruiting him very hard. He plans to visit Tennessee, Duke, Alabama, and Florida State this spring for basketball games and junior days. He also plans on competing at multiple camps as well.


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