Paulus actually signed the letter the day before the early signing period concluded, on Nov. 16, and then overnighted it to the staff that night.
"I made the decision that I was going to wait until after football season ended," Paulus said. "We had the team banquet last night, so I thought today was an appropriate time to make it."
So, despite the fact that Paulus' father, Dave, was sending mixed signals to members of the media about his son possibly playing football in college, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski already had a signed letter-of-intent in-house and had 21 days from the last day of the signing period to get it into the league office for it to be valid.
``I was up-front with Coach K the entire time," Paulus said. "When I first called him about it, he completely understood. He told me to do whatever I needed to do and that showed me what type of relationship we have. The staff knew everything I was doing and I was in frequent contact with them throughout the playoffs."
Paulus said that he never wavered on his decision to attend Duke and give up football, despite the fact that his father hasn't wanted him to rule out playing the sport somewhere down the line.
``I hear it every day. Everyone has their opinion on whether I should play football. That's just the way it is," Paulus said. "I don't listen to it."
Said Paulus, ``Duke is the best fit for me and that's where my heart is telling me to go." ``He wants to follow his heart," Dave Paulus said. "More importantly, he believes it's the best situation for Duke and him personally."
Paulus is a crucial piece to this year's five-man class for the Blue Devils and not just because he's arguably the top point guard in the senior class. With Daniel Ewing graduating this season, Duke would have had to go almost exclusively with Sean Dockery at the point guard spot next season if Paulus hadn't signed with Duke.
Now Paulus, who brings tremendous court vision, leadership qualities and a far superior offensive game to the table than Dockery, will likely be given every opportunity to claim the starting point guard spot.
Paulus is averaging 28 points in two basketball games this season, which came within a week of leading the football team to a 41-35 victory over New Rochelle in the Class AA state title game.
Paulus finished 23-of-29 with 371 yards and a trio of touchdown passes in the win as CBA finished the year 13-0 and won its first-ever football championship.
Paulus ended the year with a state-record 3,677 passing yards and also set state marks with 152 career touchdown passes and 11,760 passing yards.
However, now Paulus will turn his attention to basketball – where he is 83 points shy of 2,000 for his career. It's likely that Paulus will become the first player to participate in both the U.S. Army All-American football game and the McDonald's All-American Basketball Game. Paulus has already been chosen to play in the all-star football game, which takes place in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 15.