"I really enjoyed my recruiting trip," he says. "On a scale of one to 10 I would say it was a 9.5 or 10. It was really my first recruiting visit so I didn't know what to expect and I don't know what the other ones will be like."
Paul, who is rated as a four star prospect by Scout.com, is a three-year starter for Lincoln who says he plans to take all of his visits before making a decision on his college choice.
The high school senior says plans to check out the Tennessee Volunteers on Jan. 12th and will take his fifth and final official visit to see the hometown Florida State Seminoles before the Feb. 7th nationally signing day. "I am also planning to visit LSU and Miami in January, but I am not sure of the dates," he says.
If Paul decides to play for the Tigers, he will have some familiar faces joining him at AU. Current Lincoln high standouts Tim Lamb, a noseguard, and defensive back Michael Slade have already publically committed to the Tigers.
Auburn freshman linebacker Craig Stevens, who played early in the season before suffering a hamstring injury, is also from Lincoln. Stevens is expected to receive a medical redshirt so he will have four years of eligibility starting with the 2007 season.
"Craig Stevens was my host," says Paul, who attended Auburn's bowl practice on Saturday as the Tigers prepare for a Jan. 1st date with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. "Craig is a good guy and is my old high school teammate. We had a really good time and I met the coaches and a lot of players on the team."
Paul, who notes that he is an honor student at Lincoln, says that he was very interested in talking to professors about academics. "That went real well," he says. "I want to major in business communications, although I am not certain about that. I might go into college undecided about my major.
"The professors told me what they expect from their students and what to expect as a freshman," Paul adds.
A three-year starter in high school, Paul plays both ways and is being recruited as a defensive back and wide receiver. "Auburn is recruiting me to play wide receiver," says Paul, who notes that he enjoys playing on either side of the ball.
"I would say the best part of my game is my speed," he says. "I can run a 4.3 40."
He helped Lincoln advance deep into the state playoffs. His team finished 9-4 before dropping a 35-21 decision to Nease High in the semi-finals. Paul did his part to keep the Trojans in the game. He scored on a 37-yard pass play and raced 84 yards for another touchdown on a punt return. "The Nease game was one of my best ones," he says.
Paul adds that he is glad he made the drive up with his parents to Auburn to check out the Tigers. "This was my second time to visit the campus," he says. "Every time I go up there I become more interested and more interested in Auburn."
Paul notes that he plans to take his time to try to make the best decision possible on his college choice. "I don't have a leader right now," he says. "I talked to a lot of the Auburn players. They told me it is good program, but they told me to make my own decision and go to a college where I feel the most comfortable."
The two-way standout notes that Stevens did a good job of recruiting him for Auburn and notes that he is seriously interested in Auburn. He adds, "I enjoyed spending time with him and the other players."