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National Signing Day 2020: Four-star Texas DE Princely Umanmielen picks Florida

The Gators salvage their Signing Day with a big man from the Lone Star State.

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The Florida Gators got a bummer from their first major target of two on National Signing Day 2020 on Wednesday.

Their second one became a more regal prize, as four-star Texas defensive end Princely Umanmielen committed to the Gators on ESPNU, adding to an extremely formidable class of defensive linemen.

Umanmielen picked Florida over Baylor, and Texas still had hopes to lure him back to its fold after he decommitted from the Longhorns last fall. The four-star prospect stands 6’4” and boasts about 250 pounds on a frame that appears it could add at least slightly more weight, and projects to be a true strong-side defensive end in Florida’s system.

In his highlights, you can see Umanmielen spring out of his stance quickly and use his long arms and good leverage to make tackles. There’s perhaps a lack of top-end strength on display — but, well, that’s what Nick Savage’s strength and conditioning program is for.

Umanmielen’s commitment follows four-star safety Avantae Williams committing to Miami over Florida in a bit of a shocker earlier on NSD, and brings Florida’s class to 25 commits.

Florida was pretty clearly expecting this one, too, given that it announced Umanmielen’s signing almost immediately after his televised commitment.