Phil Paea picks Michigan; Harbaugh ‘definitely excited’

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Phil Paea

Phil Paea, a three-star defensive tackle from Berrien Springs, Mich., on Saturday committed to the Wolverines. He becomes the 10th member of UM’s 2017 recruiting class.

Paea is 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds and made The Detroit News Dream Team. He was outstanding at guard at Berrien Springs in 2015 and also made 62 tackles (12 for loss) as a defensive end.

Paea attended Michigan's spring game Friday night with two of his sisters, spent the night in Ann Arbor, and then met with Harbaugh Saturday and told him of his decision to play for the Wolverines.

"He (Harbaugh) was definitely excited, tried to pick me up actually,” Paea told The Detroit News.

Paea said he visited Michigan about a month ago before his return visit this weekend.

"It's been quite a process,” Paea said. “I went with my coaches a month ago, got to see the facilities for the first time and first noticed the great relationships between the coaches and players. I wanted my sisters to come with me to the spring game and they really loved it, saw what I saw before, those great relationships."

Paea is ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in Michigan by Scout.com and No. 26 at his position nationally for 2017.

"He's a dominant run blocker, a tough, physical kid who is a great athlete for his size and relentless," said Berrien Springs coach Tony Scaccia.

He has also been offered by Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Nebraska and Arizona, among others.

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