Name: Phillip Paea
Weight: 280 lbs.
High school: Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs
Position: Defensive tackle
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.
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