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Monday, he told Scout about his decision as he flipped his commitment from Boston College to the Wolverines.
"The kids here, they all want to go to Alabama, to Clemson or whatever, but the reason I first chose B.C. was mainly because they were a great academic school," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Paye, who plays at Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken. "The reason I showed interest first in Michigan is because its a great academic program.
"I understand the football part of it, but football is not going to last me long, so I want to go to a place where after football I'll be set to take care of my future family, and make sure I'm in the best position to succeed."
Paye originally committed to Boston College in December, but since then more schools moved in on him. Michigan offered last month, and he made an official visit a few weeks later.
"When I went to take my official visit there, it felt like a huge family," Paye said. "The coaches there aren't really focused on winning. They are more focused on the players, and making sure the players are succeeding and they are making sure they are preparing them for after football, and not just a football career.
"Obviously, they you to be great as football players, but after football, and they stress that a lot."
Paye added he likes the style of MIchigan's play, and how coach Jim Harbaugh has turned around the fortunes so quickly. Also, Paye's relationship with Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown, who was at Boston College, played a big role in the flip.
"They're playing on a high level right now," Paye said. "They're going to keep improving as time goes on. Coach Harbaugh is doing a great job there. Coach Brown is doing a great job. I can definitely see myself playing there."