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Don Brown says freshman safety Makari Paige is competing at a high level

Always good to get love from your DC.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Illinois Michael Allio-USA TODAY Sports

True freshman safety Makari Paige is making his presence known in practice this week.

Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown took to Twitter to give the former four-star prospect a shoutout.

“The best players in Michigan go to Michigan!,” Brown said. “Congrats to freshman @makaripaige for earning ‘Guy’ status yesterday — Makari has been competing at a high level since he got on campus.”

The West Bloomfield (Mi.) product is considered to be a versatile player and a freshman that could contribute year one.

“He’s a versatile player,” Paige’s high school coach Ron Bellamy said in February. “He’s gonna start out at possibly the free safety spot. He could play the rover, which is strong safety, he could play outside backer, which is the VIPER. So you’re looking at a kid that can move three different spots. High football IQ, high character kid, loves football. Really good student. He’s a diligent student in the classroom. In the sense of a football standpoint, he’s gonna know his assignments and compete day one for a job.”

The 6-foot-3 safety was ranked as the No. 6 player overall in Michigan and No. 25 safety in the 2020 class.