Recruiting: McCollins Umeh Update

To compete at the highest level possible -- I'm talking Big 12 championships, BCS bowl wins, and national championships -- teams need a suffocating or at worst very stingy defense. To break it down even further, teams need a pass rush from the front four to rise to a championship level. Edge rushers who can apply consistent pressure while also holding up in the run game are rare, but are a requirement to field a top-notch D.

At this time, Texas has quite a bit going for it, but the Horns simply do not have the type of defense needed to compete at the highest level possible. One of the reasons? The Longhorn edge rushers' inability to consistently apply pressure on opposing QBs.

That's a reason one name on the minds of many Orangeblood recruitniks is none other than Klein Forest DE McCollins Umeh. We caught up with Umeh to talk about his recruitment, top five, what's up with the Longhorn interest level and more...

The 6-2, 245-pounder has six teams he's presently excited about with a couple of new out-of-state SEC programs that have garnered a spot in his group of faves.

"I still like the Big 12 schools like Texas, Kansas State, Colorado and Oklahoma," Umeh said. "But I also like Florida and Tennessee."

Florida has in fact offered while Tennessee is beginning to come on strong. The 4-star edge rusher fully expects an offer from the Vols in the near future.

"It feels good to have some schools as big as those two wanting me to play for them," Umeh revealed.

Let's back up a little...

In the early going, the Lone Star State's 19th-ranked prospect was a very strong Longhorn-lean. And while Texas has failed to take advantage of their standing (by tendering the kid a 'ship offer), the Horns are still recruiting him. As a matter of fact, they even made it out to his last game in order to scout/evaluate him.

"They saw me...they saw what I could do," Umeh said with a large degree of confidence. "They saw me register 17 tackles and 2 sacks. I was all over the place."

Orangebloods longing for more pass rushers have to be excited about the Texas coaching staff being in attendance to see that. And truth be known, you could hear the excitement in Umeh's voice about the Longhorn coaching staff being there to watch him.

We have even more about Umeh's recruitment scheduled for release in this week's Inside Scoop, particularly what he thought about the RRS (he was in attendance) and what was said to him at the end of that game and what his thoughts about those comments were. Plus, just how interested the Longhorns appear to be in this bone-crushing, quarterback crinkling defensive end.

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