Dee Paul committed to SMU over seven months ago but his status may change very soon after recently picking a couple of Big 12 offers.
Both Oklahoma State and Texas Tech extended offers over the last few weeks, and the two-star athlete is extremely excited about the opportunity to play in a ‘bigger and better' conference.
"It felt good to get offered by these programs. I'm really blessed," Paul said. "Coach (Mike) Gundy came to watch me catch punts and he offered. I'm really interested in Oklahoma State because I've heard it's a family environment. Overall, I would love to play in the Big 12."
The Red Raiders got in the mix this weekend when Paul was in Lubbock for an unofficial visit. Although Texas Tech lost to Texas, the SMU commit was impressed with the atmosphere and the coaching staff.
"I liked it a lot. The game was packed, and it was a great environment," Paul said. "Coach (Sonny) Cumbie has been interested in me since last February. He has always stayed in contact with me, and we have a great relationship. When he and Coach (Tommy) Tuberville offered, it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders."
While on campus, Paul also had the opportunity to speak to Texas Tech track coach Wes Kittley about the possibility of competing in both sports. Last year, Paul won four medals at the state meet and is on record saying he was ‘disappointed' SMU did not have a men's track team.
"I actually met the track coach, which was great," Paul said. "He told me he would love for me to run track, which is a huge plus."
But Paul doesn't plan on switching his commitment until after he makes all of his visits and his senior season comes to an end. Paul will be on the Hilltop for an unofficial visit this Saturday and hopes to take in game day and get to know the coaches.
He has not been in contact with SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips since the offer but did speak to another coach last week.
"I'm still committed to SMU. I'm not going to decommit anytime soon," Paul said. "I haven't talked to Coach Phillips in forever, but some other coach called me last week and told me he was looking forward to seeing me on campus. But I don't really remember his name. He didn't tell me what position he coached either."
Paul said that he currently does not have a leader and is just focused on leading Munday to another state championship. This season Paul, who is being recruited as a cornerback, has passed for 1,022 yards, rushed for 924 yards, notched 42 tackles, picked off four passes and scored 35 total touchdowns.
"We'll see about my recruitment after the season," Paul said. "We just want to keep rolling and hopefully, we can make it to state again."
Paul Picking Up Steam
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