Michael Dwumfour, 3-star defensive tackle from Wayne, N.J., has been committed to Penn State since June 23rd of 2015.
Though he recently told Today’s U that nothing has changed in regard to his commitment, he did relay that his verbal hasn’t stopped other schools from reaching out.
“I’m fully committed to PSU, although a few schools are still contacting me,” he said. Dwumfour didn’t wish to speak about which schools exactly are contacting him, but he did specifically mention again that he is fully committed. That’s an important enough point for him to repeat twice.
And that’s great news for Penn State.
Dwumfour is 6-foot-2, 286 pounds and he runs a 4.80 40, which is a tremendous combination of size and speed. Per the industry averaged 247SPorts Composite, the 3-star is ranked as the No. 65 defensive tackle nationally and No. 26 player from the state of New Jersey.
Other offers on the table for him include Iowa, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Army, Boston College, Florida Atlantic, UMass, Temple and Towson; but of course, the 3-star decided to go with James Franklin and his staff when it came to decision-time.
Speaking of, Dwumfour tells Today’s U that he has been keeping up with the Nittany Lions and what the team has been doing this year. So far, Franklin’s crew is 6-2 and ranked 3rd in the Big Ten East. The season started off with a huge loss to Temple (it doesn’t look that bad anymore though considering the year Temple is having) and PSU’s only other loss is to top ranked Ohio State. Overall, that’s not a bad record.
“The defensive line is looking good,” Dwumfour said when asked his thoughts on PSU’s season so far.
The 3-star also talked about his own season. DePaul Catholic is currently 2-5, but Dwumfour passes on that he’s been finding some personal success.
“I would say it’s the best season of football I’ve ever had so far in my career,” he told Today’s U. “I’m a candidate for defensive player of the year and my stats speak for themselves. Despite our record we have the best defense in Jersey. My teammates and coaches help me do my job on the field.”
Switching the conversation back to Penn State, the defensive tackle did say that he can see a fit in the program, though it does seem like he has one concern.
“I don’t know about the six defensive line commits,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out how that will work.”
To his point, Penn State currently has 19 2016 commitments, six who could play on the defensive line. Dwumfour joins 4-star weak-side defensive end Shane Simmons, 4-star defensive tackles Ellison Jordan and Karamo Dioubate, 4-star strong-side defensive end Daniel Joseph and 3-star weak-side defensive end Shaka Toney; all a part of PSU’s 2016 class.
With that said, Dwumfour did agree that talent always wins out, so despite the fact that Penn State is absolutely stacked with recruits on the defensive line; one has to imagine that the 3-star New Jersey defender feels that his level of play will allow him to stand out.
Yes, it’s interesting that other schools are reaching out, but that’s simply part of the recruiting process. It’s notable because he brought it up, but until Dwumfour says otherwise himself, there should be no reason for Penn State fans to be worried about where he stands with the Nittany Lions.
He’s fully committed.