Phillip Paea
Phillip  Paea


Height / Weight:
6-4 / 280


Phillip Paea (PIE-uh)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-4
Weight: 280
Hometown (High School): Berrien Springs, Mich. (Berrien Springs)
Twitter Handle: @Phill_paea

• Attended Berrien Springs High School (2017) coached by Tony Scaccia

Key Statistics
• Tallied 53 tackles, eight TFLs, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups as a senior
• Recorded 67 tackles, 12 TFLs, two sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior

Honors and Rankings
• three-star prospect, ranked as the No. 38 DT in the nation and No. 13 player in Michigan
• ESPN four-star prospect and rated as the No. 30 DT in the nation
• three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 1 DT in Michigan
• PrepStar three-star recruit and named to the publication's All-Midwest Region
• Played in the inaugural Polynesian Bowl on Jan. 22, 2017
• Selected first-team USA Today All-USA (Michigan) as a senior • Chosen the Division 5-6 Player of the Year as a senior and twice named first team Division 5-6 All-State by the Associated Press • 2015 and 2016 Detroit News All-State Dream Team

Phillip Paea was born March 25, 1999

Coach Greg Mattison on Phillip Paea
"Phillip is a young man from Berrien Springs. Michigan, who was named the district player of the year, which is unusual for a man that plays offensive line and defensive line. That is a testament to his ability and the way he stands out on the field. He is a very strong player and is very explosive. He reminds us of (current Wolverine) Brian Mone as a football player. He has great character, a great family and has shown his athleticism by excelling both offensively and defensively in high school."

In the Words of the Paea Family
"Our son Phillip was raised with the values given to us by our parents before us and the culture that we hold so closely to our foundations as a family. He is a good man first; before a student and before an athlete. His selflessness, unrelenting dedication and passion for football make him a force to be reckoned with. Our son is a young man of few words and leads from the back. He was taught that a strong spine surpasses the best sales pitch, and that humility is a gift. One story that stands out to me is that when he was little, he would always promise me that one day he would get me a chandelier, the ones they have in 'big mansions,' after he became successful in football. He's been keeping true to his word, on and off the field, and he will be taking one step closer in making that come true this fall when he plays for Michigan. Go Blue!"

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