CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Frank Umu knows he needs to add weight in order to play defensive tackle at the FBS level. It's not a fact he attempts to dispute. It's also not something that has kept college recruiters from reaching out.
There's some development left to take place, sure. And while the Littleton (Colo.) Heritage High School standout's lone offer is from Weber State, he's certainly on the radar of more storied football programs.
"I'm hearing a little from Washington, Kansas State, Utah, Wyoming, Utah State and Eastern Washington. I want to get to 300. I'm at 280 right now, but I'm gaining. I think that's possible"
Umu, who carries next to no bad weight as things stand now, plans to camp at both Colorado and Wyoming during the weeks ahead but is probably most familiar with the hometown program - a program he's gotten to know somewhat well over the last year and a half. So if an offer from the Buffaloes comes, it stands to reason that Umu will be more than receptive.
"I was at CU for the spring game and their junior day, so I'm up there a little bit but not a lot," Umu said. "Their camp is this Sunday, so I'm looking forward to that - just getting back up there and everything."
Matt McChesney, a former NFL linemen, who trains Umu and other Colorado-based prospect at his gym is suburban Denver has faith that the FBS interest swirling around Umu will eventually manifest itself in a scholarship offer or two. He knows the 275-pound tackle's game as well as anyone, after all.
"He has another year before he leaves for college. So in that year I only expect him to get bigger, stronger and even faster," McChesney said. "But his thing is the mental side. He now understands the way it is to play defensive line football. He understands that pursuit is the No. 1 thing, he understands how to read a key, he understands how to be violent with his hands. He understands that if he goes 100 percent all the time, never stops his feet, no one will block him. No one. So I expect huge things out of Frank. I really think the sky is the limit for him."
As a junior, Umu was part of a Heritage team that finished 5-5. He recorded 65 tackles on the season according to Maxpreps.com.