New Michigan Man: DE Kwity Paye Commits

Add another name to the 2017 Michigan football recruiting defensive line haul as Bishop Hendrickson (RI) DE Kwity Paye has flipped his commitment from Boston College to Michigan less than a month after officially visiting Ann Arbor.

Scouting Report

Paye is a player that was quickly identified by Don Brown as a perfect fit for the Michigan defense. His size, speed and motor pops off of the screen throughout his highlights, as does his pure rawness. With more coaching and time in the weight room, he could be a very disruptive player in the Maize and Blue throughout his playing career.

Paye has good closing speed and he plays with high energy. He works through double teams and will chase a play down the field. He needs to improve his explosiveness at the snap of the ball to put more pressure on the offensive tackle so he can use speed around the edge to go with his power and inside moves. His hands are active and he has good strength. He disengages with force but he needs to add strength in the upper body. — Brian Dohn,


When Michigan first extended their offer to Paye, back in September, he looked like a prime candidate to flip his longtime commitment from the Boston College Eagles to the Wolverines. Only question was, would he be a take when he was ready to decide?

Well, that question was an obvious ‘yes’, as Paye committed to Michigan just three weeks after officially visiting Ann Arbor for the Wisconsin game on October 1st.

  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 235lbs
  • Hometown (School): Warwick, RI (Bishop Hendrickson)
  • Notable Offers: Boston College, BYU, Rutgers, Navy, Syracuse
  • Rankings: Scout (3*, #70 DE) – Rivals (3*, #40 DE) – 247Sports (3*, #42 WSDE) – ESPN (4*, #26 DE)
  • Composite Ranking: Three Star, #949 overall, #45 WSDE, #1 in Rhode Island


As for the Rest of the Class

Paye is the 18th overall commitment in the class, 6th defensive lineman and 3rd pure pass rushing defensive end. With his addition, it’s likely that the defensive end spot is filled up for Michigan in the 2017 class but they are still very likely to add at least one more defensive tackle to the class with DT Jay Tufele and DL Deron Irving-Bey looking like, by far, the best bets.

Photo Credit: Kris Craig/The Providence Journal