McCollins Umeh Qualifies Academically

There will be no JUCO for McCollins Umeh. The recent K-State verbal and defensive end standout announces first to KStateFans that he passed the ACT and is ready to be a Wildcat.

Any talk of recent Kansas State commitment McCollins Umeh going the junior college route went out the door Tuesday night. The four-star defensive end and Texas native broke the news first to KStateFans that he has successfully qualified academically and will be a Wildcat in the fall.

"I'm ready to show everyone that didn't think I could qualify what I can do," Umeh said.  "I'm ready to play and everyone is going to regret not recruiting me because now they have to play against me. This is for all the Sooners and Longhorns."

Though first reported that Umeh had selected K-State over Oklahoma and Texas, neither OU or UT had been in contact with Umeh this season. The 6-foot-3 245 pound standout said K-State is the only major school that had been actively pursuing him this season.

"I think the others were afraid that I wasn't going to qualify and make it there," he said. "But look at me know. I know I'm going to the place I need to be. I think Kansas State has the best chances for the next level."

And the next level is exactly where Umeh intends to be, sounding like a man on a mission, or rather a man with a school to go to. According to Umeh, KSU running backs coach Michael Smith, who first visited him at his high school in September, has even told him he's playing next year.

"I know I made the right decision," said Umeh, who visited K-State Dec. 19 and was hosted by Kevin Huntley. "It just fits for me. They have a great defense and have what it takes to get to the next level. I like everything about K-State. I want to play for a winner and like I said, K-State has the best chances to win a national title as anyone and that's what I want to do."

Umeh's value to the Wildcats can't be equated yet. Ranked No. 17 at his position, Umeh possesses great speed off the ends and already has good size. He had 94 tackles and 11 sacks this season.

"I see the ball well," he said. "I have good instinct and run to the ball. I get to the ball no matter what, like a magnet. That's what I do."

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