UM lands Michael Dwumfour, good friend of Rashan Gary

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michael Dwumfour

Well that didn't take long.

New Jersey defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour announced Monday he has committed to Michigan, shortly after revealing he was no longer committed to Penn State, writing on Twitter that his "heart is somewhere else."

"Blessed and humbled to say that I am committing to the University of Michigan," Dwumfour wrote on Twitter. "It's been my dream school and I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity."

So now Dwumfour, a close friend of the nation's No. 1 player and top Michigan target Rashan Gary, has found his heart in Ann Arbor. Dwumfour visited Penn State last weekend after visiting Michigan the weekend of Jan. 15. Gary was at Michigan on an unofficial visit this past weekend.

Dwumfour, a three-star prospect from De Paul Catholic High in Wayne, New Jersey, is a 6-foot-2, 286-pounder who had committed to Penn State last summer.

It appears the stars are aligning for Michigan to land Gary, who has said he will reveal his decision on Feb. 3, the first day of the national signing period. Gary attends Paramus (New Jersey) Catholic High, where Michigan linebackers / special teams coach Chris Partridge was head coach and where current Wolverine Jabrill Peppers played.

Michigan has been raiding New Jersey for recruits, despite new Rutgers coach Chris Ash's desire to keep the state's top talent at home. He has even hatched the hashtag, #FenceTheGarden, referencing New Jersey as the Garden State.

Four-star running back Kareem Walker, also from De Paul Catholic in Wayne, was Michigan's fifth commitment from New Jersey before Dwumfour's flip. Walker enrolled early and already is on campus.

"I would like to thank Coach (James) Franklin and the whole staff for giving me the opportunity to play for them. Unfortunately my heart is somewhere else and I will be decommitting from PSU," Dwumfour wrote on Twitter. "It's been fun to be part of the family but Happy Valley isn't where I belong. Thanks to the 107k fans for your support. Me and my family appreciate you guys and wish you guys the best."

Michigan now has 24 commits for 2016 and the class is ranked No. 3 in the nation by 247Sports, behind LSU and Ohio State.


Ben Bredeson, G, Arrowhead High, Hartland, Wis. (6-4, 293)

Devin Bush Jr., LB, Flanagan High, Pembroke Pines, Fla. (6-0, 215)

Dylan Crawford, WR, Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic (6-0, 182)

Kingston Davis, RB, Prattville (Ala.) High (6-1, 230)

Michael Dwumfour, DT, De Paul Catholic, Wayne N.J. (6-2, 286)

Jordan Elliott, DT, Houston Westside High (6-4, 300)

Chris Evans, RB, Indianapolis Ben Davis High (5-10, 195)

Devin Gil, S, Flanagan High, Pembroke Pines, Fla. (6-1, 200)

Devery Hamilton, OT, Gilman School, Baltimore (6-6, 265)

Brad Hawkins, WR, Camden (N.J.) High (6-1, 185)

Dytarious Johnson, LB, Prattville (Ala.) High (6-0, 215)

Nate Johnson, WR, Independence High, Thompson’s Station, Tenn. (5-11, 170)

Ron Johnson, DE, Camden (N.J.) High (6-3, 235)

Carlo Kemp, DE, Fairview High, Boulder, Colo. (6-3, 260)

David Long, CB, Los Angeles Loyola (6-0, 175)

Elysee Mbem-Bosse, LB, Cedar Grove High, Ellenwood, Ga. (6-3, 232)

Sean McKeon, TE, Shepherd Hill High, Dudley, Mass. (6-5, 230)

Josh Metellus, S, Flanagan High, Pembroke Pines, Fla. (6-0, 185)

Ahmir Mitchell, WR, Cedar Creek High, Egg Harbor, N.J. (6-3, 195)

Michael Onwenu, OL, Detroit Cass Tech (6-3, 315)

Brandon Peters, QB, Avon (Ind.) High (6-4, 209)

Stephen Spanellis, OT, Gilman School, Baltimore (6-6, 290)

Joshua Uche, DE, Columbus High, Miami (6-3, 215)

Kareem Walker, RB, De Paul Catholic, Wayne N.J. (6-1, 210)

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