Coming off the Big 12 championship, the Kansas State Wildcats were looking for one of their first big victories in the recruiting wars since the victory over Oklahoma. That big recruiting victory came in the form of a commitment from a 6-foot-3, 240-pound four-star selection from Houston.
“He committed to Kansas State,” said Marjorie Umeh, the mother of four-star defensive end McCollins Umeh.
Umeh, ranked as the nation’s No. 11 weakside defensive end, visited Kansas State this past weekend and had been recruiting him all along, while both Texas and Oklahoma were waiting for him to clear up his academic standing before offering him a scholarship.
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“He said he really liked the atmosphere up there and told me that he felt like he belonged,” his mother said. “All the people were really friendly and they treated him like he was their top recruit.”
He might be on the defensive side.
After a season that included 11 sacks, 130 tackles and a school record 22 tackles in one game, Umeh has been focused on passing the ACT and achieving a qualifying test score. He sounded positive that he’s made enough progress to make it to the next level and play for Kansas State next year.
“I know I’m going to knock it out and sack it like I did those quarterbacks,” he said. “I know Kansas State is a really good program and they’re always going to be winning games.”