2017 Season Countdown: #88 Phillip Paea

2017 Season Countdown: #88 Phillip Paea

May 10, 2017

Name: Phillip Paea
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 280 lbs.
High school: Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Paea was a senior in high school. He made 53 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 pass breakups.
Final TTB Rating: 68

When Paea committed to Michigan, I assumed he would be an offensive guard. He had some solid technique and aggression as a blocker, and I thought things would go well. Instead, Michigan recruited him as a defensive tackle, where he really lacks technique. Ideally, I think he would redshirt at 3-tech defensive tackle (or, well, at offensive guard) and we could see what happens in 2018. Michigan has enough guards for this season, and while they’re thin at defensive tackle, there should be enough bodies for them to preserve Paea’s eligibility.

Prediction: Redshirt


  1. GKblue
    Comments: 359
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    May 10, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Interesting that from what I have read Paea’s high school coach said his best position is as a OG. Paea wants to play defense because he enjoys DT more and wants to learn under Coach Mattison. Under these circumstances especially a redshirt makes sense if possible.

    Next year we could have him, Solomon, Dwumfour, and a couple of others at DL. Hopefully that represents some quality depth. I am looking forward to your ranking of the DL after a year of college S&C and being coached up.

  2. Avatar
    Comments: 1357
    Joined: 8/13/2015
    May 10, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Interesting how he drops his butt and drives through people when he blocks but then has to stand up and look around when he is playing defense. I think it’s the difference between knowing where he’s going and reading.

    The kid can really move his feet though, regardless of where he lines up.

  3. Lanknows
    Comments: 6285
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    May 10, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    We need an interior DL and Paea may not be the kind of guy that needs a red-shirt. I was hoping he’d be an EE.

    It’ll be interesting to see if there are legs to this theory that he’s a better OL than DL. I would not be shocked if was a backup DT/NT in 2017 if Mattison gets him up to speed quickly. Nor would I be shocked if he red-shirted and moved to offense.

    I’d rate him higher than this simply due to need on the interior DL.

  4. Painter Smurf
    Comments: 263
    Joined: 8/12/2015
    Painter Smurf
    May 10, 2017 at 11:40 PM

    Agree with Thunder. Near lock to redshirt. Big hitter, but has a ways to go before seeing the field at DT.

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