The Duke-bound 6-2, 175-pound point guard/quarterback has thrown for 920 yards and 13 touchdowns in leading Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) to a 3-0 record thus far.
"I just do what it takes to win," Paulus said. "We're playing good. We moved up to the highest level. We're a Class C size school, but are playing against Class AA teams. We've already played two of the toughest teams."
Paulus puts up gaudy numbers as quarterback as his team runs out of the shotgun about 80 percent of the time and he's able to throw the ball downfield. While his high school basketball numbers may suggest otherwise, Paulus doesn't need to rack up statistics to have a major outcome on the game.
Paulus is a master at controlling the tempo and making intelligent decisions. He possesses almost none of the flash of senior point guard Shaun Livingston and lacks much of the athleticism of fellow Duke-bound guard DeMarcus Nelson, but Paulus will give the Blue Devils something that very few college programs have: an extension of the head coach on the floor.
There's a reason why Paulus was chased hard by Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame and the defending champion Syracuse Orangeman. He's a rarity in today's world of point guards who want – actually, need – to put points on the board.
Whether or not Livingston decided to commit to Duke, Paulus is unfazed.
"I just felt the most comfortable at Duke," he said. "I felt at home and like a family. My decision really had nothing to do with whether Shaun ends up at Duke. If he goes to Duke, hopefully we'll get to play together. I'd love to get the chance to play with a great player like him."
Anyway, getting back to Paulus the football player. He threw for 336 yards and five touchdowns against Corcoran and followed it up with 325 yards and five more TDs in a 41-33 win over Baldwinsville. This past weekend, he was 17-of-23 for 259 yards and three more scoring passes in a little more than a quarter of action in a 55-0 rout over West Genesee. CBA ran their unbeaten home winning streak to 45 games and Paulus raised his state-record of touchdown passes to 89.
Despite the success, Paulus (who has thrown a pair of interceptions this season) won't be playing football in college.
"I want to be the point guard for four years in college," he said. "I've got a lot of dreams and goals and it can take away from them if I play football, also. If I'm not with the basketball team all the time, it can take away from the chemistry. Basketball is my first love."
Paulus' leadership has already come in handy for the Blue Devils and he has forged a relationship with fellow 2005 Duke recruit Josh McRoberts.
"I've talked to him a couple times," Paulus said. "I called him a couple days before he went to Duke, the day of his commitment and a couple more times. We have a good relationship and it's really all been on the phone. I met him once at Nike Camp."
"We're very similar," added Paulus. "I'm glad he committed because he's a kid in my class whose not only really good, but is a really good kid."
Paulus Just As Good On the Gridiron
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