2020 Season Countdown: #63 Makari Paige

2020 Season Countdown: #63 Makari Paige


July 12, 2020
Makari Paige (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Makari Paige
Height:
6’3″
Weight:
192 lbs.
High school:
West Bloomfield (MI) West Bloomfield
Position:
Safety
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Paige was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 94 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, and 7 pass breakups.
TTB Rating:
79

Paige was a pretty big question mark at one point, and his recruitment as an in-stater was somewhat similar to his 2021 teammate, Donovan Edwards. We knew Michigan was in the top group, but it seemed at one point that Paige was leaning elsewhere. It seemed like his recruitment dragged out a little longer than it did, but he ended up committing to the Wolverines in July of 2019. He ended up as a 4-star, the #25 safety, and #243 overall.

This year should be a learning year for Paige, but Michigan will probably need someone to step up in this freshman class to get some snaps. Paige has the size and some athleticism to play in the box, but I would not trust any of the freshman safeties in this class to manage a deep half or deep middle of the field. Someone will have to be prepped to take over for Brad Hawkins in 2021. I think Jordan Morant is a better overall prospect, but my concerns about his injury situation put Paige ahead in the race for 2020.

Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer

Hit the jump for Paige’s senior highlights.

One comment

  1. JC
    Comments: 284
    Joined: 8/17/2015
    JC
    Jul 12, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    I think Paige’s ceiling is slightly lower than Jarrod Wilson or Thomas Gordon’s.

    From his tape I don’t ever see him being an irreplaceable starter, and I wouldn’t expect him to top out higher than the mid to high 20s in your countdown, barring any catastrophic depth issues.

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