Klein Forest Defender Getting Noticed

Competing in one of Texas' most difficult Class 5A districts, Houston Klein Forest standout McCollins Umeh feels he will be well prepared for the step up to Division I ball in another year. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder already has plenty of opportunities for a player four months away from his senior season.

McCollins Umeh, a first-team all-district and All-Greater Houston selection last fall, has several scholarship offers from D-I programs and says that number could grow over the summer.

"Recruiting has gone well and I have several scholarships," he said. "It couldn't be better. I have a total of eight scholarships ready to go. I like UT, but I'm pretty open-minded right now. It doesn't matter."

According to Umeh, ISU, Pittsburgh, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Texas, Kansas, Michigan State and Arkansas have offered scholarships.

He recorded 84 tackles, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and scored one defensive touchdown in 2002 as Klein Forest won all 10 of its regular season games and surged to the Class 5A state playoffs. Defending state champ Lufkin handed Klein Forest its only loss in the third round.

Umeh's impact last fall came mostly on the defensive side as a rush end. Now he's added another position to his repertoire.

"I had been basically playing defensive end a lot and they moved me to offense (in spring ball) just to see what my skills are at tight end," Umeh said. "I kind of blew that open for them, too. They want me playing both sides of the ball next year. Now I guess Texas A&M wants me to come up there and try tight end, because they've seen me on offense. Some schools like me on offense, but most of them still want me as a rush end."

Umeh would likely remain on defense for the Cyclones, who have assigned defensive line coach Mike Nelson as his primary recruiter.

"I have talked to (Coach Nelson) and he's been the one looking at me," Umeh said. "Whoever shows me that they wants me or needs me the most, that's where I'm going to go."

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