What else is there to say? The greatest recruiting stretch in recent Texas memory continues as Monday night coach Sarkisian and Brandon Harris teased at one more late-night commitment. Texas’ fans dreams came true when their tease was finally revealed in the form of yet another offensive line commitment. This one was Allen High School's Neto Umeozulu.
Umeozulu is a 6’4 near 300-pound interior offensive lineman from Allen, TX. Per the 247Sports Composite, he’s a bonafide four-star prospect. He’s a top-150 player nationally, the 23rd ranked player in the state of Texas, and 7th ranked player at his position for the class of 2022.
While the talented prospect is projected to be an interior lineman at the next level, he has experience all over the offensive line. As a sophomore, he played a majority of his snaps at right tackle. As a junior, he was the Offensive Lineman of the Year for his district. As a senior, he moved all the way over to left tackle.
Umeozulu’s scholarship offers are a who’s who of top college programs. Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and USC among others showed interest in the talented lineman. Umeozulu even had official visits to Alabama, Texas, and USC before ultimately committing to Texas late last night.
Sark, you’ve done it again.
Name: Neto Umeozulu
Position: Interior Offensive Line
High School: Allen
City, State: Allen, TX
Three Best Traits
Run Blocking - Umeozuu is a menace in the run-blocking game. He plays with a sheer ferocity rarely seen nowadays. He anchored an Allen offensive attack that ran for nearly 300 yards a game and over 4,000 yards total this last year. He’s an absolute bully in the best possible way. He can take the first man down, keep going, and put the next defender in the ground too.
Can Play any Position - Umeozulu can play anywhere on the offensive line. He has the perfect frame to play either tackle position and either guard position as well. While he projects to be a guard at the next level he has a whole high school career of playing either tackle. He also comes from one of the greatest winning cultures in the state in Allen. He’s a kid who can play any position on day one.
Extremely Quick on Feet/ Athletic - It’s rare to see such a big human being this quick on his feet. Umeozulu has that acceleration and quick feet you constantly look for on film when scouting the position. While his technique remains a little raw, that can be fixed. The quick feet he possesses cannot be taught - it comes to him naturally.
Areas of Improvement
Pass Blocking Reps - The Allen offense averaged just under 20 passing attempts a game as compared to nearly 35 rushing attempts per game. He certainly has more pass-blocking reps than a lot of linemen I see, however it’s still a bit of a concern. He plays pass-blocking situations with slightly less intensity than run-blocking as well. Nothing that a little coaching can’t fix.
Technique/ Over-extension - He has a tendency to over-extend on his first blow which can make him a little off-balance for the rest of the play. Again, nothing a little coaching can’t fix.
Umeozulu is the third offensive line commit for Texas in just three days and he’s another splendid one. He has the perfect frame, all of the experience, quick feet, is elite in the run-blocking game, and comes from a championship pedigree program. He’s really everything you could ask for from a future guard at the University of Texas.
Texas after this recruiting flurry now has the sixth-ranked class in the nation for 2022. In just a few days they’ve completely revamped the offensive line and there are still some big names on the board. Texas now has 23 hard commits for the class with five coming on the offensive line. After all of the excitement in recent days, all we can ask is - who’s next?