It wasn't too long ago that Kwity Paye was wearing the Green and Gold of Bishop Hendricken High School and helping the Hawks to a perfect 12-0 record in his senior season. Paye, one of the top defensive players in Rhode Island high school football history, is now ready to start the new chapter of his life at the University of Michigan under coach Jim Harbaugh. Paye had several other offers on the table from the likes of Boston College, BYU, Navy, Rutgers, Syracuse and Toledo, but chose to head West and become a Wolverine.
The 6'4, 225-pound defensive end is a big athletic defensive end, but true freshmen at that position are not often expected to contribute at a big, national program such as Michigan. Paye is not only a true freshman, but also is coming from the small state of Rhode Island and was near the bottom of the rankings of Michigan's 2017 recruiting class.
But all that aside, Paye has impressed so far this summer at Ann Arbor and has caught the eyes of defensive coaches and Harbaugh himself. Defensive coordinator Don Brown is going into his second season at Michigan and could use contributions from Paye this year to try and duplicate last season's 60 tackles for loss and 31 sacks. Defensive line coach Greg Mattison does have the tendency to rotate a lot of players, as is the new trend in college and pro football, so Paye definitely has the opportunity to get into that rotation.
Michigan opens their season on Saturday September 2nd down in Gainesville against the Florida Gators. The game will be nationally televised on ABC at 3:30 p.m. The entire state of Rhode Island will be tuning in to see if Paye will be on their TV screen, now wearing Michigan's blue and yellow.
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