Versatile defensive lineman Tevin Paul of Austin (Tex.) Lake Travis signs with Cal on National Signing Day

At 7:24 AM Central time, big, versatile defensive lineman Tevin Paul signed his National Letter of Intent with California, just one minute after fellow Texan Cameron Goode.

Tevin Paul was named to the District 14-6A All-District Team, taking home the Defensive MVP, as well, for a Lake Travis team that got to the state title game against Katy, where they fell short, 35-7. Paul had 68 total tackles on defense, including 22.0 tackles for loss, racking up 8.0 sacks and six quarterback hurries. He also broke up one pass and forced two fumbles. 

"Being from Texas, it's like 100 degrees every day," Paul joked about why he chose Cal. "When I first went to visit Cal, not a cloud in the sky, 75 degrees, the entire time I was there. It doesn't get better than that. Everyone on the coaching staff, they all care so much about you. It's just a great place to be, a great environment, great family atmosphere. All the guys were super nice, super cool, and I can't wait to be a Golden Bear."

What I like most about Paul is that his highlights show him playing a variety of positions, both on the inside and the outside of the defensive line. He's got a mean streak, a motor that doesn't quit, fights off blocks and through blocks, keeps his feet churning and plays through the whistle. At 6-foot-5, he's got so much length, and really uses that to his advantage, but never loses leverage. Paul I think winds up at defensive end, but at 270 pounds already, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he stays on the inside at defensive tackle, either. This guy has Fred Tate written all over him: Mean and tough.

"Tevin's a guy inside that we think can come in, step in and give us some good athletic ability in there, be able to push the pocket," Tate said. "I think Tevin could also be a pretty good pass rusher from the inside."

Another Take: "Paul was a guy who, when I watched him in person, I knew that I had him rated too low. He is just a warrior. He’s the type of guy who you want to put on your roster: blue-collar, gets the job done each and every play, takes no plays off, plays through the whistle and never gives up on plays. He was the heart and soul of the defense and that team played in the state championship game, so that tells you really all you need to know about him, and the mentality that he brings to the defensive side of the football. I really think that he was a steal for California and that more schools locally should have been giving him a hard look, but what is going to be their loss will be the Golden Bears’ gain."  – Greg Powers

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