The Michigan Wolverines received some more good news on Monday evening when safety Makari Paige officially announced he will be back in Ann Arbor next season.
Paige committed to Michigan in 2019 as a four-star recruit from West Bloomfield, playing at the same high school — and coincidentally wearing the same number in college — as Michigan running back Donovan Edwards.
He rose up Michigan’s depth chart quickly. So far, Paige has appeared in 32 games, including 26 games in the last few seasons. Across four seasons, he has 90 total tackles, one tackle for loss, one sacks, one interception, five pass deflections and one fumble recovery. He has been a key piece in Michigan’s secondary, especially the last two seasons.
Paige is a two-time All-Big Ten selection after honorable mentions in 2022 and 2023. A couple key standout performances include:
-Recording six tackles and recovering a fumble in the Penn State win this past season
-Recording four tackles and picking off C.J. Stroud late in the fourth quarter of the 2022 Ohio State victory
Makari Paige : 6 tackles & a fumble recovery— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) November 11, 2023
Rayshaun Benny : 3 tackles, 1 for loss & a forced fumble pic.twitter.com/GKAoysaQvM
Paige’s counting stats don’t really do him justice, though, as Michigan fans know how important he was to the team’s success the last few seasons. Paige playing alongside cornerbacks Will Johnson, Mike Sainristil and Josh Wallace, and safeties Rod Moore and Keon Sabb gave Michigan a reliable secondary in 2023 that could always be trusted to make plays, especially in big games.
With Paige officially running it back, he joins star cornerback Will Johnson, and safeties Rod Moore and Keon Sabb as significant members of the secondary for the 2024 season.