"Washington offered me back in June sometime. I don't remember exactly when they offered, but it was before summer I know that," Grant (Sacramento, Ca.) OL Orlando Umana told Dawgman.com. "It was good because they had been picking things up with me and talking to me about liking what I could do and I would fit in their offense and I'd met with coach (Chris) Strausser when he came by our school."
The Huskies were the 11th school to offer the rising senior line prospect, joining Arizona, Colorado State, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Jose State, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah State, Utah and Washington State as schools of interest.
"I haven't really taken any visits to see schools yet, but I did go to some satellite camps (Michigan, Washington State and Utah) up at Inderkum (High School) where schools were holding camps and I met with some of the coaches from those schools while I was there," Umana noted. "We're working on building a good relationship and I've never been up (to Seattle) before, so I'm looking at an official visit up there, but right now, I'm not really sure which schools I want to visit, so I'm still sorta working that out."
Of the schools recruiting him, Umana said he's formed the best relationship with three of the staffs.
"I'd say Arizona for sure, Washington State and Utah are the ones I have the best relationship with right now," Umana said. "Washington is after me hard though and I really like the coaches from San Diego State and Oregon State too, so it's really hard to say one is better than the rest."
At nearly 6'5" and weighing in at 290 pounds, Umana handles left tackle duties for Grant, but he said most schools want him to move inside to guard if he were to wind up there.
"I don't really care where I play as long as the coaches think I'm a better fit inside, then I'll play inside," Umana said. "I'm aggressive and I like to fire off and get after people, so I'd say I'm probably at my best as a run-blocker, but my pass-pro has been improving a lot and I feel like I'm pretty good at that one too."
Umana said he's planning to take all of his official visits before he commits to a school, so he said he doesn't expect to make a decision until December at the earliest.
"As far as what I'm looking for in a school, I guess the first thing would be the education and how the school sets me up for my future after football," Umana said. "Other than that, just a place I can see myself for the next four or five years and if I get along with the coaches and the players and how I feel like I fit in."
We'll have more on Umana's recruitment as he gets closer to setting up his official visits.
He and his teammates kick off their season on August 26th with a home game against Rocklin (Ca.).null