December 25, 2012

Paul thinking big, thinking Baylor

The stress of the final two months of the 2013 recruiting season can lead college football programs in interesting directions.

Take Munday athlete Dee Paul. About three weeks ago, he never heard from Baylor, had never attended any of its camps during the summer and really knew little about the program.

Then co-offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery called and spoke to the coaching staff about him. From there, conversations continued to where Paul reached out to the staff in San Diego on Sunday. Now, there's an offer and the potential to take an official visit in January.

"Baylor is looking at me as a defensive back,'' Paul said. "There's relationship between my coach at Munday and Baylor because they were at Stephenville. It's very interesting. I just want a chance to play in the Big 12.''

Paul (6-0, 170) just concluded leading Munday to the Class A Division II state championship. Munday (15-0) defeated Tenaha, 42-14. He rushed for 263 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 60, 57 and 55 yards.

Texas Tech and Oklahoma State have offered and also are considering him as a defensive back. But this is an athlete who also wants to run track in college. He's a multiple state champion in the 300 hurdles and runs a leg in the 4x400 and 4x100 relays and performs in the long jump. His most recent time in the 40 in the 4.48.

"I like press coverage, but I think I can go man free,'' he said. "I was usually matched up against their go-to guy. I'd also like the chance to return punts. It's kind of shocking how this all got started with them. But I want to get to know them.''

Back in the summer, Paul committed to SMU as a wide receiver but de-committed in November. He said he is still considering the Mustangs.

As for Baylor, Paul is looking at a visit either Jan. 18 or Jan. 25. He said he is qualified in the ACT with a 21 but said he plans on re-taking it because he wants to score higher on the math portion.

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