Despite that trio having separated themselves as the 6-foot-4, 220 pounder's top three, there is still an opening for other programs to get involved.
"I'm pretty open to anyone who's interested at this point. I don't want to take options off the table if I don't have to."
As a junior Paulsen spent most of his time on the defensive side of the ball at defensive end for Chaminade. There he earned all conference and area honors after racking up over 50 tackles and a mind boggling 24 sacks. On the offensive side of things he provided his team a third receiving option from the tight end position, catching 23 balls for 251 yards and a pair of scores.
That versatility is what has made his stock soar to a four star prospect level, and has pinned him firmly atop a number of positional recruiting boards, including the one in Durham.
"Duke's recruiting me to play on either side of the ball, and that's fine with me. I like both, and really don't have a preference. Whatever a coach would want me to play is where I'll play."
And what makes him so successful?
"I'm a big guy who's got soft hands and is pretty fast, so it's hard for line backers to stay with me and I can run through smaller defenders. Defensively I try to use my quickness to get to the ball."
Off the field Paulsen maintains a 3.8 grade point average and has already scored over 1100 on the SAT, fully qualifying him for Division One competition.