After a season that included 11 sacks, 130 tackles and a school record 22 tackles in one game, Klein (Texas) Forest weakside defensive end McCollins Umeh is already focused on the next thing he has to tackle – the ACT.
“Right now, I’m more than good to go in the classroom,” Collins, a four-star prospect that is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, said. “But I need to pass the test. I’m taking it in two weeks, and I’ve been working really hard. I’m actually right in the middle of studying in the ACT preparation book when you called.
“I’ve got a few more weeks to prepare for it, and I’m working hard at it. I know I’m going to knock it out and sack it like I did those quarterbacks.”
Umeh, ranked as the nation’s No. 11 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com, said at this point he’s only set up one official visit.
“I’m going to visit Kansas State on December 19,” Umeh said. “They’ve offered me and have been with me all the way. I kind of like that. They said they know I’m going to pass the test and they want me to come up and play for them.
“I know they are a really good program and they’re always going to be winning games. I’m going to watch them this weekend in the Big 12 championship game. I think they’re going to give Oklahoma a real battle.”
Umeh said that Oklahoma and Texas continue to check in with him and his coach to chart his progress in his academics.
“Oklahoma is waiting on my score, and so is Texas,” Umeh said. “They’re both are saying the same thing. That’s why I’m working hard on getting this test out of the way. Once I pass it, I’ll have offers from them, too. I’d like to take visits to both of them, but they said they really won’t call me too much until I pass the test.”
Umeh also has offers from Florida and Oklahoma State, but at this point he’s not really focused on them.
“The test is all that I think about,” Umeh said. “I’m staying positive. I know I can get it and pass it.”