Notre Dame recruiting target Phillip Paea commits to Michigan

ND Insider Staff
ND Insider

The sudden whirlwind nature Phillip Paea’s recruiting experience took on less than two months ago came to an end — or at least at drastic curtailment — with the Berrien Springs (Mich.) High School football standout’s commitment to Michigan on Saturday.

Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oregon and USC were among the suitors that had swelled in mid-February after the 6-foot-4, 282-pound two-way lineman garnered just a single offer, from BYU, up to that point.

The Irish, like Michigan, were recruiting the three-star prospect as a defensive tackle, but several other schools projected him as an offensive guard. Paea’s most recent unofficial visit to ND came March 18 for a junior day event.

Recruits can’t sign binding national letters-of-intent until Feb. 1.

Phillip Paea, a two-way lineman at Berrien Springs (Mich.) High, verbally committed to Michigan on Saturday. Photo provided