Kwity Paye must be very popular.
The 3-star Michigan commit was voted into the prestigious 2017 Under Armour All-America Game, it was announced Tuesday. Paye was one of two players (the other being Grant Polley from Denton, Texas) voted in by the public from a group of 32 high schoolers.
The selection prompted Paye to thank those for voting.
“I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of those who voted for me,” Paye tweeted. “I am extremely honored to represent this state.”
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of those who voted for me. I am extremely honored to represent this state #RIProud
— Kwity Paye (@kwitypaye_1) November 16, 2016
Paye is a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive lineman from Rhode Island. He’s ranked No. 1 in his state for the 2017 recruiting class. He was committed to Boston College before he flipped to Michigan in late October.
“I chose Michigan just because I feel like they will prepare the best to be the most successful in life off and on the field,” Paye said when he committed to Michigan.
Paye also recently talked of an interesting phone call with Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh.
After I committed to Michigan, the coaches would call and ask me how the day went. After (Harbaugh) called to ask me how it went, there was a period of time where we were on the phone and I thought he hung up. I could still hear him breathing on the other side of the line, so it was just an awkward moment … no one said anything for a good 3 minutes.
Now Pay will get a chance to participate in a game that features many of the nation’s elite high school football recruits. The 2017 game is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET. It will be televised by ESPN.