Junior report: Klein Forest's McCollins Umeh

After IT's recent profile of Allen DE/DT <B>Chris Smith</B> (with another update to come shortly), as well as network looks Dallas Madison DE <B>Corey Green</B> and Richardson Lake Highlands DT <B>Franklin Okam</B>, we put the scope on 6-3, 230-pound DE <B>McCollins Umeh</B>.

Umeh is a highly regarded DE from Klein Forest and will be an even higher-profile prospect than last year's teammate (LB) KaMichael Hall, who signed a letter of intent to attend Ga. Tech. With the Horns depleted of DE depth, Umeh could eventually find a UT scholarship offer in hand before long.

IT caught up with Klein Forest head coach Gene Johnson to get the particulars.

"He's 6-3, 230/235-pound range and a 4.6/4.7 kid who's definitely fast enough to play the DE position in college," Johnson told IT. "Don't have any weight room numbers to report because it's been so long since we tested."

Cracking the varsity lineup as a WDE at the start of sophomore season, Umeh totaled 44 tackles, 30 solo, 6 TFLs (for a minus 34 yards), 4 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.

As a junior, the Klein Forest DE showed even more ability to disrupt opposing offenses as he totaled 84 tackles, 56 solo, 9 TFLs (for minus 77 yards), 8 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.

"Umeh's a tremendous player," Johnson said. "And I think anybody would be tinkled pink to have him on their football team."

But is he one of the best?

"I think he's a terrific player," Johnson said. "There's nothing I could say negative about him. Just a great football player."

As for his camp agenda...

"I think he'll look to do some one-day camps," Johnson told IT. "And I think he'll take a couple of camp visits to Texas and A&M."

Last year, Umeh impressed in a practice session when most observers, including me, were there to watch linebacker KaMichael Hall, an underrated linebacker who had obvious D-I talent. Yet Umeh also caught the attention of a few on-lookers. He was roughly 6-2, maybe 6-2.5, and about 210 pounds as a junior-to-be. As of today, his coach is listing him at 6-3, 230 pounds and that doesn't sound too far off the mark when considering the growth process. IT visited with Johnson a little bit about that day last year and here's what he had to say...

"We (Klein Forest coaching staff) knew he was going to be good back then," Johnson said. "And he should really take off in his senior season. Great kid."

Orangebloods will certainly want to keep an eye on Umeh given the need the Horns have at the defensive end position. Obviously, the offer to Chris Smith shows the Horns have found one of their DE targets for the '04 class, but Umeh may be a future target. Expect Texas to be in the picture, especially if Umeh does in fact make the Horns' summer camp.

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