CMU commit Gwilly open to offers if MSU or UM comes calling

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Utica standout running back Kumehnnu Gwilly is committed to Central Michigan, showing his support by attending the Chippewas’ 28-23 loss to Toledo Tuesday night at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Still, Gwilly said he would listen if Michigan State or Michigan came calling.

Gwilly, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior, rushed for 1,496 yards on 188 carries, scoring 20 TDs this season, missing the final game of the year due to an ankle injury.

Running back Kumehnnu Gwilly scored 20 TDs for Utica this season.

Gwilly has played just three years of organized ball and his ceiling his high for the future, rushing for 3,440 yards his last two seasons. He rushed for a career-high 397 yards (27 carries) and six TDs in a 41-31 season-opening win over Fraser this season.

Michigan State has a running back opening in its 2016 recruiting class. Running back Abdul Adams of Durham, N.C., had been committed to the Spartans but wrote on Twitter this week that he was re-opening his recruitment.

Gwilly attended MSU camp the summer prior to his junior year. Utica coach Tony Smith said Michigan State and Michigan recently called to get Gwilly’s transcripts.

“I’m committed to Central Michigan to play running back and I’m excited with the opportunity,” said Gwilly Thursday night. “I love the coaches at Central. Coach (John) Bonamego is fully committed to his players. I went to the game Tuesday night. They were trailing 21-0 in the second quarter and I loved how the team had no quit to them. They kept fighting.”

Gwilly, who moved with his family to the U.S. at age 4 from Liberia, played basketball and baseball as a youngster, staying away from football since his mother felt he could get hurt. He said he was pleased with his performance this season, but heartbroken that he couldn’t play in the finale, a loss, which ended Utica’s hopes for a postseason appearance.

“I sprained my ankle in Week 8 and couldn’t play the last game, a game we needed to win to have a chance to make the playoffs,” said Gwilly. “It was awful, being on the sidelines. I felt powerless.”

Gwilly said he committed to CMU in March of his junior year.

So, would Gwilly be interested if the Spartans called? Clarkston defensive end/tight end Cole Chewins received an offer late from MSU last season and de-committed from Miami (Ohio).

“Right now I’m at Central, but if a call comes (from Michigan State or Michigan) I’d think about it,” said Gwilly, who has a 3.0 GPA and plans to study to become a teacher and coach.