Dozens of visitors flocked to Ann Arbor for Michigan’s annual spring game earlier this month. One of those visitors on hand was Berrien Springs (Mich.) junior defensive tackle Phil Paea, who didn’t take long to pull the trigger to become the tenth commitment to the 2017 class.
However, his mother didn't accompany him during his visit, but that changed on Thursday when she got her first experience of what the U-M program has to offer to her son.
“It was amazing,” Paea told The Michigan Insider. “I got to talk to academic advisors, see the stadium, look at the dorms and facilities and most importantly I got to experience it with my mom this time since she had just recently gotten home a couple of days ago. We got to meet most of the staff and it was just absolutely amazing.”
The 6-4, 270-pounder and his family, especially his mom, got to interact with the coaches during his visit and really made a great first impression on them.
“Definitely I talked with the coaches,” said Paea. “We were pretty much with them the whole time. We met with (Head) Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, (Director of Player Personnel) Tony Tuioti and a lot of the graduate assistants. They pretty much just got my mom familiar with everything. She absolutely loves them and all the other coaches. Same as my sister.”
After getting to take in Ann Arbor and meet with the coaches, he now knows he has his mother’s full support and blessing to continue his player career at Michigan.
“She absolutely fell in love with the school and its program,” said Paea. “She is very comfortable and very excited about the next few years ahead of me.”