Video by Sam Webb, story by Brice Marich
The Wolverines were well represented at this year’s Under Armour All-American Game with several commits practicing and playing including Warwick (RI.) Bishop Hendricken 2017 defensive end Kwity Paye.
“It’s been great,” Paye told The Michigan Insider about his experience. “Coming out here competing with all the best talent in the whole country has been great. I can’t complain.”
At 6-foot-4, 235-pounds and running a reported 4.6 forty time, Paye doesn’t see many players that compare to his skill-set in Rhode Island, which came, naturally, as the biggest challenge he faced down while down in Florida.
“I would say the toughest part would just be playing with these big boys,” said Paye. “Where I am from I don’t usually see kids this big, so just adjusting to the size and speed.”
However, he admitted that as the week went on, he quickly adapted and showed why he shouldn’t be overlooked.
“Oh yeah, one on ones I did pretty good,” said Paye. “I think I got three out of four, so I was doing a lot better in those and just trying to take it step by step.”
With Under Armour week all in the books, Paye is set to report to Michigan this summer. The Wolverine coaching staff’s message has been short and simple about their expectations for when he arrives… Arrive in shape and come ready to compete early.
“The coach said he doesn’t really care about my weight as much, but he just told me to stay in shape and just keep doing what I am doing,” said Paye. “(Defensive Coordinator) Coach (Don) Brown told me that I will just be a pass rusher. Maybe he might stand me up on some plays, but just strictly a pass rusher. No, no redshirt [as they expect playing me right away].”
Several months ago, Paye had had other college plans as he was originally committed to Boston College before flipping his verbal pledge over to Michigan back in October. What sold him to the Wolverines? It was his official visit to Ann Arbor and that home feeling he left with.
“For me, it was just after I took my trip with my dad, it was just like home over there,” said Paye. “My dad loved it, I loved it and all of the coaches felt me, so it was just a great experience for me.”