Michael Dwumfour plans to recruit Rashan Gary to Michigan, not pressure him.

Wayne (N.J.) DePaul defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour found the perfect fit in Michigan. He wants his best friend Rashan Gary to join him there, but only if the fit for him is just as good.

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It’s slowly starting to sink in for Michael Dwumfour.

With his commitment to Michigan yesterday the Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic standout officially began his journey toward making a dream of his come true.

“I knew I wanted to go (to Michigan) when I visited there,” said Dwumfour.  “When I stepped on campus and had a chance to be around the players, the coaches, and the people there it just felt right.  Everything felt right.”

“A lot of people assumed (the commitment to Michigan was coming) because (during) my junior year I always use to say Michigan was my dream school.  So people kind of knew it was coming. I don’t think a lot of people are surprised.”

That certainly true of a friend and former teammate of his that is currently a Wolverine (Kareem Walker) , and of a friend and former teammate of his that he hopes will become a Wolverine (Rashan Gary).

“I told Kareem (and) I told Rashan (before committing),” said Dwumfour.  “(Kareem) was happy.  He already knew.  He is just excited for me.  We have great chemistry together on and off the field, so it’s great.”

“(Rashan) congratulated me and was happy for me.  I can’t go into much depth about what he said.  I don’t think he would want me to say that because that’s his business.  He is making his decision on signing day.  So we’ll all know where he is going on signing day February 3rd.”


Dwumfour doesn’t plan to sit quietly on the sideline during Gary’s deliberation process, but he doesn’t plan on being overbearing either.

“Of course I’m going to try and convince him (to go to Michigan), but at the same time I was just in his shoes trying to decide what school I wanted to go to,” Dwumfour stated. “So I’m not going to put pressure on him.  That’s my friend before football.  Wherever he decides to go, I’m still going to love him.  I do hope to play next to him… so we’ll see where he goes.  That’s my brother regardless.”

If they do indeed reunite in college it will be a much different playing dynamic than the one that existed when they were teammates a few years ago.

“We played together my sophomore year at Scotch Plains (Fanwood),” said Dwumfour.  “I would say he was way ahead of me football wise.  I wasn’t really into football my sophomore year.  I actually quit my sophomore year because I wanted to concentrate on basketball.  I just wasn’t into football until one day my (Police Athletic League) coaches… Coach Belford, Coach Shon, and Coach Justice… they told me I could take this game far.  I just listened to them and that’s when I transferred to DePaul and took this game seriously. They supported me.  There are just so many people that have supported me… my parents, my sisters, the Hennion family, all my coaches, and so many others.”

That encouragement combined with his own determination helped Dwumfour grow into a prospect that some compare to current Wolverine Maurice Hurst. Line him up next to Gary now and he believes they would “create problems” for the opposition.  While the recruiting world will have to wait to see if that comes to fruition, Dwumfour will be concentrating on preparing for the next level.

“Right now I’m just training, focusing on school, finishing my senior year off strong, and getting ready to head to Ann Arbor.”


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