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Penn State loses recruit to Michigan

MARK WOGENRICH
(Allentown) Morning Call (TNS)

A New Jersey defensive tackle formerly committed to Penn State said Monday that he is switching to Michigan.

Michael Dwumfour, a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, made the announcement on his Twitter account. Dwumfour, from DePaul Catholic in Wayne, said he was committing to Michigan soon after announcing his decommitment from Penn State.

Dwumfour was among the recruits who took an official recruiting visit to Penn State last weekend.

Dwumfour thanked Penn State coach James Franklin and called Michigan his "dream school." He initially committed to Penn State last June.

Michigan and Penn State have been dueling for players recently. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh made a well-publicized visit to recruit Quinn Nordin, who is ranked as the nation's No. 1 kicker. Nordin, a Michigan native, announced last year he would attend Penn State but since has taken other visits.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has made life difficult for Penn State on the recruiting trail.

In addition, Penn State and Michigan are competing for Lavert Hill, a four-star cornerback from Detroit. Hill recently visited Penn State, where he was introduced during a men's hockey game.

Hill had committed to Penn State last year before decommitting in November. He visited Michigan in December.

On Saturday, Franklin discussed the impact of negative recruiting on his team and his steps to counter it. PSU has had a couple high-profile players back out of verbal commitments in the past few months. During that time, the program has also seen a number of players decide to transfer and several coaching changes.

Penn State's recruiting class currently has 17 players, including four who enrolled in January. Players who have not enrolled can begin signing Letters of Intent on Feb. 3.

The Lions' 2016 recruiting class was once ranked among the top five in the nation. Currently, however, PSU is ranked No. 12 (Scout.com), No. 14 (247Sports.com) and No. 26 (Rivals.com).