I don't know too much about crootin, but anyone who can do shot put AND the 100 meters is one hell of an athlete.
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Three-star Warwick (RI) Bishop Hendricken DE Kwity Paye committed to Michigan this morning. Paye had been committed to Boston College, where he was originally offered and recruited by current Michigan DC Don Brown, but the Wolverines moved to the forefront of Paye's recruitment when he took an official visit for the Wisconsin game. After going to BC last weekend to make sure of his decision, Paye made it official.
"When I went to take my official visit there, it felt like a huge family," Paye said. "The coaches there aren't really focused on winning. They are more focused on the players, and making sure the players are succeeding and they are making sure they are preparing them for after football, and not just a football career.
"Obviously, they you to be great as football players, but after football, and they stress that a lot."
Before ever suiting up in the Maize and Blue, Paye has already taken a remarkable journey. Like current Wolverines Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson, Paye and his family had to flee civil war before settling in the United States:
Paye was a mere six months old when his mother, Agnes, took Kwity and his older brother, Komotay Kossia, and immigrated to Guinea from Liberia -- to escape the atrocities of a civil war -- where they settled in a refugee camp.
Eventually, Agnes Paye immigrated to the United States and took up residence in South Providence. ...
“My mother told me we were in a refugee camp and we moved around a lot,” said Paye. “There wasn’t a place for us to stay so we moved to Guinea where I was born.
“I believe she would have still tried to come to American as the (civil) war was going on. I don’t think they would have let us stay in Liberia. I don’t think we would be alive.”
Paye started out as a track athlete when he arrived in America—his mother was a runner—before discovering football at the early age of seven.
Paye is the 18th commit in the class. While he's listed as a weakside end, where Michigan already has two four-star commits in Corey Malone-Hatcher and Luiji Vilain, he could very well wind up as a strongside linebacker in Brown's defense—Michigan doesn't have a commit yet in the class who's an obvious fit for that position.
|3* #70 DE||3*, #40 WDE||4*, 80, #26 WDE||
3*, 86, #42 WDE,
3*, #45 WDE,
Every site save ESPN has Paye rated as a low-end three-star, and it's worth noting ESPN—which gives him a four-star rating—appears to be the only site that has done in-depth scouting on him. It wouldn't be surprising if Paye moves up in the composite once the other sites take a second look; BC commits from Rhode Island don't tend to garner much attention.
As mentioned above, Paye fits the mold of a pass-rushing strongside linebacker in Brown's defense. He's listed at either 6'3" or 6'4" and right around 225 pounds by all four sites.
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As you'd expect, scouting reports are limited for a Rhode Island prospect. Rivals's Boston College outlet compared him to current BC DE Harold Landry, a Don Brown recruit who Steve Lorenz points out had the same rating on 247 as Paye.
Paye is built in a way that's reminiscent of Landry, at least when compared to Landry at a similar point in his development and playing history. Paye is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end/outside linebacker/tight end, and there would surely be more schools on his offer list if he had two extra inches to his height. ...
Regardless of the level of competition he faces in Rhode Island, the film doesn't lie. Paye has outstanding closing speed chasing down quarterbacks from their blind side. He's a tenacious pass rusher who only needs a slight misstep from an offensive tackle to create a negative yardage play or an errant throw. Pass rushing is his specialty and he's got an impressive 'next gear' once he's got an unobstructed path to the quarterback. Purely in terms of his pass rushing abilities, Paye is one of BC's more impressive defensive commitments in recent memory.
Landry is in the midst of a breakout junior year with eight sacks (T-3rd nationally) among his ten TFLs in seven games.
ESPNBoston did an in-person evaluation that's light on technical details but has an interesting note about Paye's track and field exploits translating to the football field:
One bit of evidence that underscores his arm and hand strength is that he’s one of the better shot putters in the state during the outdoor track and field season. That, and the fact he puts in countless hours in the weight room, indicates he should become even stronger once he gets to college.
Paye finished third in the Rhode Island state championships this spring with a career-long shot put throw of 48'8.25". He also recorded an 11.0 100-meter dash and a 21'5" long jump as a junior. The ESPN scout also praised Paye's sideline-to-sideline play against the run, speed off the edge as a pass-rusher, tackling form/ability, and football IQ.
ESPN's paywalled evaluation on Paye's profile provides more detail:
Very good height with good bulk on a lean, wiry built frame. Needs to continue to work to pack on some more good mass, but should be able to add size as he continues to fill out. Displays good playing strength which should continue to improve as he gets into a college weight program and adds more size. Inconsistent, but displays above average first-step.
Demonstrates ability to take on blockers with pad level and when maintains good 'football position' can hold ground one-on-one, especially against current competition. Can bring hands and has enough strength to control and shed blockers in time to play the ball, but needs to do better job of pressing blockers and creating separation. Good play speed and range to be factor in pursuit with effort.
Flashes ability to come off and transfer speed-to-power, but aspect of arsenal he needs to further develop. Can look to lean on raw tools and needs to further develop use of his weapons and be sure to have a plan.
Physical player that displays good effort in his play. Contributes in all three-phases. Can sharpen pursuit angles, but good range and can be physical as a tackler.
They conclude that while Paye is "a bit raw," he can grow into a disruptive player, and they suggest his best fit is as an OLB/DE hybrid—which is likely how he'll be utilized at Michigan.
Scout isn't as bullish on Paye's athleticism in an otherwise positive evaluation:
EvaluationPaye 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
- Backside Pursuit
- Body Control and Balance
- Closing Speed
- Hand Quickness
Areas to Improve
- Pass Rushing Skills
- Quickness off Ball
Paye's first step looks like an area in need of improvement; to me, it looks like he has the raw physical ability to do so, and I'm surprised Dohn doesn't like his overall athleticism. He's tough to evaluate because of his competition, but it's not too difficult to see what Don Brown likes about him—he's got a size/athleticism package that could make him a great fit for that SLB spot.
Paye's other offers are from Boston College, Navy, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Toledo.
Is in Rhode Island, and therefore not of general interest for recruiting purposes.
According to ESPN, Paye had 68 tackles and 5.5 sacks in ten games as a junior, and he also rushed for 214 yards and eight TDs on only 19 carries as a running back.
FAKE 40 TIME
Paye's Hudl page lists a SPARQ-verified 40 time of 4.75 seconds, which gets zero FAKEs out of five.
Sophomore highlights and single-game reels can be found on his Hudl page.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
With Malone-Hatcher and Vilain already in the class at weakside defensive end, the guess here is Paye at least initially lines up at strongside linebacker. It's unclear how that position will look post-Peppers, but Brown has been stocking the roster with both safety and edge-rusher types. When Paye gets to campus, he'll compete with Noah Furbush and Josh Uche to get the edge-rusher snaps at that spot. Given the huge jump in competition, he's a potential redshirt despite Jim Harbaugh's redshirt-averse ways; regardless, he'll probably need a couple years of seasoning before he finds his way onto the two-deep.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
Michigan now has 18 commits in a class that should reach 30 or so. They look to be done with edge-rushers, but Sam Webb posted after Paye's commitment that they're far from finished with the defensive line as a whole, even accounting for DT Donovan Jeter's commitment yesterday. Four-star UT DT Jay Tufele is a top priority, and Michigan will still push for another tackle as well—in-state four-star Deron Irving-Bey and three-star Oregon commit Rutger Reitmaier are the best bets to fill that spot. Sam also reports that, at least for now, an official visit from Aubrey Solomon is back to being a distinct possibility, though it's hard to expect much will come of that recruitment.
Other position groups with spots to fill include wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, outside linebacker, cornerback, and safety.
I don't know too much about crootin, but anyone who can do shot put AND the 100 meters is one hell of an athlete.
The state of Rhode Island is about 1/3 the size of metro Detroit. I don't know track numbers, but I think it is more important to see how those numbers stack up against a national standard as it may be easier to compete in those events with weaker competition.
Impressive to be able to participate in both events nonetheless.
An 11-flat 100 is nothing to scoff at. Not world class by any means, but for a 225 lb kid, it's pretty impressive. No idea about the shot put distance though.
It's quite good. He wouldn't win MI HS state meet, but he's an athlete
As PB-J Time said it is very good. That would have made him in the top 40 in Michigan last year in shot put, he would have been in the top 25 with his long jump and the top 10 in the 100 meter dash. Dude is a very good athlete.
He looks like he could make a great fullback.
The state of Michigan in 2016 had:
28 kids run sub 11 for the 100m
79 kids threw over 48'8.25" in the shot put
36 kids who jumped over 21'5" in the long jump
21'6" in the long jump and 48 feet (all as a junior) are some great numbers for a kid who will grow to 250 or 260. Put him in Florida or Texas and he's 4 stars and top 250.
A 4.75 40 yard dash that is electronically timed is pretty dang good too.
I ran track against Kevin Grady in HS (he was in our league) and one year Grady won our conference in both the 100m and the shot put. And it was a tough track league too.
Obviously, Don Brown saw something in Paye that impressed him. He reads like a blob of raw talent that can be molded into a fierce dude. Having overcome a ROUGH childhood (God willing we will be able to stop reading stories about children going through times like this in the near future), it sounds like he's got a very solid head on his shoulders and works hard to improve. He should be a great fit for this coaching staff. I look forward to seeing him in blue
Sounds like an athlete. And Don Brown is just the man to make him a complete football player.
I can't wait when Aubrey Solomon becomes that 1/1,000,000 and recommits. If Georgia is the main competition, mom will soon approve of him heading north.
WD - to the Superguide. Other M players from RI?
Don Zanfagna is the only player from RI to earn a varsity letter in football at UM. 1951.
Edit: Below is the specific search. Here is the basic link to Bentley: http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/rosters/football.php
Profile seems very similar to Josh Uche.
If his recruiting rankings make him eligible, he seems like a good candidate for the MGoBlog Sleeper of the Year when the time rolls around.
Everyone keeps saying raw talent, and I'm sure in many ways he is, but he definitely already knows how to play an option play off the edge. I can see why Don Brown likes his ability to shed, square, shuffle, react and tackle. I'll take that as a starting point for an athlete any day.
I'd like to note that his high school actually has produced some DI and NFL talent. Most notably NFL veteran and current Washington Redskin William Blackmon.
and see him take off on a 99-yd run.
He also seems angry when he catches a hapless ballcarrier, and he treats them poorly.
Elite high school shot generally gets over the 50' mark.
Ashton Eaton's Personal Best in the Shot Put is 50' 6 1/2" so this is really good for a high school junior.
12lb shot in HS. 16lb in pros.
We'll have to settle for very good then considering he's getting his scholorship through the FB team instead of T & F. And his mark as noted above is very good for a HS JR
But the kid doesn't look like a shotputter. The combo of very nice track marks across a range of events at 6'4" and 230 lbs is pretty nice.
The only thing I can think of when I see his name is opponents better sine yo pitty on the runny kine.
Love how Michigan is keeping an emphasis on the DL.
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Looks like he has a similar body and play style to McCray. But more athletic.
Another reminder of how different life is for some people. Can't imagine what that was like for his family. Who's got it better than us?
Like the Navy offer too!
11.0 100m time for a DE/OLB is fantastic.
4.75 second 40 time is also excellent.
11.0 100m time, if legit, is fast for any position on the field. I'm sure we have receivers, running backs and corners who couldn't run sub-11 in high school.
Chris Evans only ran sub 11 (10.90) ONCE in HS.
Ha. Got 'em again.
It wasn't a commitable offer
Any idea how he stands with his academics?
Love all the recruiting info here so don't take this as a criticism but I would like to see a 1-5 star academic rating here for each commit. Or something equivalent to the 1=Navarre, 10=Denard thing you guys do for opposing quarterbacks. But for academics. 1=somebody insult worthy, 10=Hawkings. No idea how easy it would be to gather that info but would be nice to know where academic risk sits with each commit.
BC is a very good academic school, so if they didn't have a problem we shouldn't either. It's not like we flipped him from Mississippi State.
Navy offer mentioned up-thread, so no issue.
It is amazing how CFB and recruiting work. Just a month or so ago Aubrey Solomon and the Ohio duo decommitted and OSU looked unbeatable even though they are as young as can be. I personally was frustrated and wondering if we will ever become an elite program. Now, we are ranked #2, have high star LB's from Mississippi decommitting from Ole Miss, and a Buckeye team that I am questioning if they will have less than 2 losses before they play us. Gotta love it! Go Blue!!
to add a ton of weight, given his propensity to rush the pass (and the other DE's in the class) have to believe he's being recruited as a SAM. Good pickup IMO.
Regardless how his football career turns out, Kwity Paye will never whine, pout, and moan about "jail food" at U-M.
Stop. Burke can say whatever the hell he wants to bring attention to student athletes. He has earned that at least.
He didn't "earn" the right to whine about the dire hardships he endured while spending 1.5 years in Ann Arbor.
Many thousands of people in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties of all racial and ethnic backgrounds suffer from serious food insecurity on a daily basis, and would be ecstatic to have even one of Trey Burke's "jail food" meals in a week.
Yes, Burke can say whatever the hell he wants, regardless of how obnoxiously stupid and entitled it is. And Michigan grads like me who ate far less appetizing fare in campus dorms back in the early '70s can point it out.
Some rare earth for UM football to mine:
Two from Connecticut (Fritz Seyferth and not much else, nobody since Todd Mossa's career ended in 2000)
Rhode Island (previously discussed)
Massachusetts (Collins, Morris, McMurtry, Perryman, Cox, several others)
Alabama (only two pre-Harbaugh contributors - Marcus Knight, Max Martin)
Georgia (Backus and Feazell are the highlights, quite a few other players)
New Mexico (Alan Branch, Zach Gentry, and a QB who played 17 years before NM became a state)
Quebec (la belle province has been a pipeline, with seven guys who played at least three years, and among them only Biakabutuka didn't finish his eligiblity)
I just watched Kwitty Paye's hudle page. While every D1 prospect looks awesome in their highlights, this kid shows some real aggression and you can tell by the way he sacks and hits people that he really enjoys it. With his 11 sec 100 meter time, size, and enthusiasm (unknown to mankind) you got to like the potential. Welcome Kwitty Paye! Go Blue.