Posted at 8:45am — 2/18/2016

GBMWolverine Message Board Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recently signed commitment Michael Dwumfour.

The last few days of the 2016 recruiting cycle produced surprises. There were some comers and goers, and perhaps an idea of what new Michigan Defensive Coordinator has in mind for the future Michigan defense. Some pure power decommitted from the Michigan 2016 class.

His name is Michael Dwumfour, a somewhat undersized lineman at 6’2” and around 285 pounds. Gap penetration and quickness will be his tools to success. But, he can be physical and cause some havoc.

Dwumfour has really good speed, almost linebacker fast. He is another Jersey kid from DePaul Catholic.

Michael’s offer sheet was moderate, with Michigan being the highest profile program that offered the high three-star prospect. However, one of those offers was from Boston College and Coach Don Brown, now with the Michigan staff. It seems that Brown already has a vision for Dwumfour and a couple of other late defensive commits. The plan just may be to go smaller and more athletic. Time and scheme will show in the future if this inference is correct.

There are many defensive tackle prospects similar to Michael Dwumfour. But, his assets of speed and playing through to the offensive backfield may set him apart, from much of the mainstream.

Michael Dwumfour
Height: 6'2
Weight: 310
Birthday: January 1, 1998
Number: 50
Current Position: Defensive End
Future Position: Defensive Tackle
City/State: Wayne, New Jersey
High School: De Paul Catholic
Head Coach: John McKenna
Recruiter: Chris Partridge
Official Visit: 1/15/2016
Committed: 1/25/2016
Top 5 other Offers: Boston College, Iowa, Penn State, Temple, and West Virginia.
Other Visits: Penn State (1/22/2016).
40-Time: 5.01
Shuttle: 4.46
Vertical: 29″
Power Throw: 35′
SPARQ: 93.36
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class (Signed).

Follow Michael Dwumfour: on Twitter

〽️ichael DwumFour ‏@mike_dwumfour Feb 3
Signed sealed and delivered



Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff Rankings:

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 7 footballs.

Side Note: Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Michigan Coach Don Brown on Michael Dwumfour:

He's an inside guy along our defensive front. Michael is very explosive, can separate on the double team and has good lateral movement. He comes from a great family. Michael's a passionate football guy and will be an unbelievable addition to our front and the Michigan football program.

Michigan Coach Greg Mattison on Michael Dwumfour:

Mike is a very good defensive tackle that has explosion and an ability to run. He plays very hard and gives you size as well as quickness on the interior of the defensive line. Mike will be a valuable addition to our defensive line and to the Michigan family.

Key Stats:

• Tallied 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and seven sacks with 16 QB hurries as a senior
• Posted 42 tackles, eight for loss, three sacks and 10 QB hurries during junior year


• Rivals three-star prospect and rated as the No. 24 recruit in the state of New Jersey
• three-star prospect and listed as the No. 68 defensive tackle prospect in the country
• Three-star recruit by ESPN, rated as the No. 48 defensive tackle and No. 15 prospect in the state of New Jersey


After signing day has given us a good idea regarding which way Coach Brown is taking the defense. There seems to be a premium on quickness and athletic ability. Michigan’s new defensive lineman commit fits the bill perfectly. Lacking ideal size, Dwumfour makes up for it with overall movement skills and technique. He is the perfect candidate for an attacking, aggressive front 3-technique tackle. Michael recorded 8 sacks as a senior.


Michael Dwumfour plays with a nice low center of gravity and good pad level. We have a caveat to this, but more on that later. Michael shows good explosion and quickness off the ball. What impressed us most was his hand use, which is clearly above average. His hands are lightning fast and he uses them as weapons and to disengage blockers. His athleticism is highlighted by good agility for a defensive tackle.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Even in an aggressive movement style defense, Michael will need to add weight and get stronger. Still with his quickness and speed, Michael does make many plays in pursuit. Also his first movement out of his stance is straight up, instead of forward. Also, he has a tendency to play vertically instead of flat to the LOS.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff believes he will likely red-shirt his first year.

Michael Dwumfour reminds the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff of -- Former Michigan Football Player -- Josh Williams — who played on the defensive line..

Video Highlights:

2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class:

Michigan has twenty-eight signed commits at this time with Brandon Peters — Enrolled — (QB), Kingston Davis — Enrolled — (FB/HB), Michael Onwenu (OL), Chris Evans (Slot),Sean McKeon — Enrolled — (TE), Josh Metellus (S), Ben Bredeson (OL), Devin Gil (S/LB), Ron Johnson Jr. (DE), Brad Hawkins (WR), Ahmir Mitchell — Enrolled — (WR), Carlo Kemp — Enrolled — (DE/LB), Nate Johnson (WR), Devin Bush Jr. — Enrolled — (LB), Kareem Walker — Enrolled — (RB), Dylan Crawford (WR), Stephen Spanellis (OL), David Long (CB), Joshua Uche (DE), Elysee Mbem-Bosse (LB). Michael Dwumfour (DL), Eddie McDoom (Slot), Khaleke Hudson (LB/FB), Nick Eubanks (TE), LaVert Hill (CB), Quinn Nordin (K/P), Rashan Gary (DL), and Devin Asiasi (TE).

At this time Dytarious Johnson (LB) is still committed to Michigan, but has to complete some school work before his letter of intent will be accepted.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Michael Dwumfour to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Written by GBMWolverine Message Board Staff — CoachBT, Doc4Blu, and ErocWolverine

Go Blue — Wear Maize!