Former New Mexico running back Aaron Dumas commits to UW Huskies

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The Washington Huskies added from the transfer portal again Sunday morning, this time picking up a commitment from a proven Mountain West running back.

Former New Mexico standout Aaron Dumas — who entered the transfer portal earlier this month, and reported an offer from UW not long after — announced his commitment to the Huskies on Twitter.

He heads to Seattle with three seasons of eligibility remaining after leading New Mexico’s backfield as a true freshman.

Dumas appeared in New Mexico’s first 11 games of the season before sitting out the finale against Utah State in late November.

And the biggest game of his first college season was against Fresno State — new Huskies coach Kalen DeBoer’s former program — midway through November.

Fresno State routed the Lobos — who finished 3-9 — in the Mountain West matchup, but Dumas piled up a career-best 143 yards and New Mexico’s only touchdown on 23 attempts.

He led the Lobos in rushing with 136 carries for 658 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and averaged 4.8 yards per attempt.

Dumas was considered a three-star recruit out of Americas High School (El Paso, Texas) in the 2021 class by composite, and the No. 104 running back and No. 222 player in Texas. Fresno State was among the 16 programs to offer Dumas out of high school.

He rushed for more than 6,000 yards during his high school career, per MaxPreps, averaging 234 yards per game, 8.1 per carry and piling up 57 touchdowns.

Dumas visited UW this weekend. His arrival in Seattle for the 2022 season could help to boost a Huskies rushing attack that ranked 11th in the Pac-12 and 125th among 130 FBS teams last fall in rushing yards per game (98.4) and often struggled to establish rhythm on the ground.

Two of the Huskies most productive rushers in Sean McGrew (team-leading 110 carries, 434 yards, eight TDs) and Kamari Pleasant (57 carries, 308 yards, two TDs) wrapped up their final seasons of eligibility last fall, leaving UW with two running backs remaining on the roster who have logged significant carries.

Richard Newton, who is entering his fifth season with the program, appeared in four games for the Huskies last fall, and was their leading rusher with 39 carries, 138 yards and a score until a knee injury against UCLA ended his season in October.

Newton is UW’s most experienced returner in the backfield, having tallied 758 yards and 14 touchdowns on 179 carries the past three seasons.

Cameron Davis finished 2021 among the program’s rushing leaders after seeing an uptick in his workload later on in the season, collecting 308 yards and two touchdowns on his 85 attempts.

Jay’Veon Sunday is the only other returning tailback who recorded a carry last fall, though the Huskies also return four-star running back Sam Adams II from their 2020 class, three-star Caleb Berry from the 2021 class and four-star Emeka Megwa, who was initially a part of the 2022 class, but enrolled early last fall.

Dumas is the fifth player the Huskies have added as a transfer in the past two months, joining quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (transferred from Indiana), cornerback Jordan Perryman (UC Davis), linebacker Demario King (Cerritos College) and wide receiver Junior Alexander (Arizona State).

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