The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Paye was offered by Michigan in mid September, and he was quick to schedule an official visit. He spent the weekend on campus, which included No. 4 Michigan beating No. 8 Wisconsin.
"I saw a huge family," said Paye, who is from Warwick IR.I.) Bishop Hendricken. "After the game, all the parents were there. It was a great environment. I was there with my step-dad, and we had a real good feeling about the school.
"(Defensive coordinator) coach Don Brown has done a real good job of going there and turning that defense into an elite defense. I talked to the defenisve line coach a bit and he said if I go there my freshman year, they would definitely expect for me to come and produce as the defensive end who rushes off the edge."
Paye was hosted by freshman defensive end Carlo Kemp, but he was able to hang around with a lot of other players.
"All the players were great," Paye said. "Even the superstars on the team, they didn't act like superstars. They talked to everyone in the lockerroom. They were taking pictures, signing autographs. They didn't buy into all the hype and the superstar status. They were really down to earth after the game.
"My host, Carlo, and I hung out with Rashan Gary and a couple of the other superstars on the team. They were pretty chill guys. We played games, we played musci and we were just hanging out. It was a great experience."
Paye also spent a lot of time speaking with coach Jim Harbaugh.
"I think coach Harbaugh is hilarious," Paye said. "He's a really down-to-earth guy. He is there for the players. He sets a bed time to be in their room ...he really cares about players and he is doing a lot of stuff to uplift the community,and the program. I think he's a great man."
Paye committed to Boston College in December and it looked like he would wind up there.
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However, with Michigan offering, it changed his recruitment.
"I'm definitely going to have to sit down with my mother and my step-father and see," Paye said. "I had a great experience (at Michigan), but I'm definitely going to have to go to Boston College and take my official visit there and see how it weighs out with Michigan. Right now, those are the only two schools I'm considering.
"If I don't get the same feel there that I got at Michigan, then I'll probably be at Michigan."