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Three-Star DT Michael Dwumfour Flips Commitment From Penn State To Michigan

Penn State’s 2016 recruiting class took another hit on Monday morning as three-star defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour flipped his commitment to Michigan via his Twitter account. Dwumfour is the third defensive tackle to open things up after previously committing to the Nittany Lions this cycle, following Christian Colón and Karamo Dioubate.

Dwumfour started off the day by decommitting from James Franklin’s team, posting this message on his Twitter account.


Less than three hours later, Dwumfour tweeted his commitment to the Wolverines.

The news isn’t shocking given Dwumfour’s ties to the Wolverines, but it certainly hurts Penn State’s depth at perhaps the most important position of focus this class. The Wayne, N.J., native took an official visit to Michigan on Jan. 15 which appeared to seal the deal, and Penn State’s last shot to keep him in the boat this past weekend fell short. The lure of following a talented contingency from the Garden State to Ann Arbor proved too much to pass up. Four-star Under Armour All-American Ellison Jordan is the lone defensive tackle to remain committed to the Nittany Lions.

Dwumfour’s high school teammate, four-star running back Kareem Walker, was once an Ohio State pledge but settled on Michigan after opening his commitment back up. The duo recently capped their senior seasons with a New Jersey state championship at DePaul Catholic. Another possible contributing factor in Dwumfour’s decommitment is his relationship with the nation’s consensus top prospect and his best friend, five-star defensive lineman Rashan Gary, who is considered to be a Wolverines lean. Gary’s high school teammate at Paramus Catholic was one Jabrill Peppers. In fact, their one-time head coach Chris Partridge is now Michigan’s recruiting operations coordinator. .

“[Walker, Gary, and I] are like brothers,” Dwumfour told SB Nation’s Michigan blog, Maize n Brew, following his official visit. “We spoke about [playing together] when we were young, and Kareem brings it up a lot now. It would be great if we could.” Of course, the possibility is now a reality.

Now James Franklin and Sean Spencer will put the full-court press on their remaining defensive tackle targets in an effort to remedy the situation. It’s already a tall task to fill the shoes of Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel, who are both sure to hear their names called in the upcoming NFL Draft.

All the best to Mike on his future in Ann Arbor.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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