Michael Dwumfour, ladies and gentlemen!
Hometown/High School: Wayne, NJ/De Paul Catholic
Recruited By: Sean Spencer
Starz n' Sheetz:
Stars: 3* 247, 2* Rivals, NR ESPN, Scout
Sheetz: Penn State, Army, Boston College, Florida Atlantic, Iowa, Massachusetts, Temple, Towson, Wake Forest, West Virginia (Editor's Note- He also holds a Pitt offer. It wasn't reflected on his 247 profile, which is why it wasn't included. Sorry Pitt. And sorry for stealing your recruit. Well, actually, no. We're not sorry. We hope you cry yourselves to sleep at night over this. -NP)
BREAKING: Im being told that DT Michael Dwumfour has committed to #PennState.— Ryan Snyder (@RivalsSnyder) June 23, 2015
Three-star defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour out of New Jersey is now a Nittany Lion. Welcome to the family, @mike_dwumfour!— Black Shoe Diaries (@BSDtweet) June 23, 2015
I apologize in advance for the brevity of this, but I'm sort of in a hurry here. Michael Dwumfour attended Penn State's camp this past weekend for the 7 on 7 tournament, a subsequently earned an offer from James Franklin and the staff. After receiving the offer, he immediately placed the Nittany Lions into his top three along with Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Yesterday, he trimmed that to his top two: Penn State and Pitt.
Here we are, one day later, and Dwumfour is the first 2016 defensive tackle to seize the opportunity for early playing time in Beaver Stadium. Smart man.
For a big body, Dwumfour is quite the athlete. He is very quick for his size, and has great flexibility. Here's how his testing numbers look:
For the record, Reggie Bush had a SPARQ rating of 93.38, while Tim Tebow's was 96.92. For a comparison among other defensive tackles, Rashan Gary and Julian Rochester – the No. 1 and 4 defensive tackles in the country – have SPARQ ratings of 95.82 and 88.71, respectively. So basically, Franklin reeled in someone who is a *really* good athlete.
He will likely have the option to play either of the defensive tackle styles for Coach Chaos' line, but where exactly he ends up is yet to to be seen. He's also in a great starting place, weight-wise, considering he hasn't even started his senior season. He should be a very nice player for Shoop and Spencer to work with.
Normally, he seems like the type of player who would redshirt his first season. But depending on whether or not some recent commits end up at defensive tackle or not, there may not be enough depth at the position for the staff to afford giving him the year off.
We'll have plenty more on Dwumfour as we move forward.
Welcome to Penn State, Michael!