"It is a great pleasure to have this fine young man selected to represent his school and community as a U.S. Army All-American," said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. "He has proven himself to be a superior athlete and I know he will add an exciting dimension to January's game.
Our slogan, ‘An Army of One,' recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and his talents make him a strong addition to this All-American team, Nickerson added. This game will highlight his skills for a national audience, and the Army is pleased to provide this opportunity to him and all the U.S. Army All-Americans."
Paulus is a standout quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by Tom Lemming, a well-respected evaluator of prep football talent and contributor to ESPN Sports and USA Today. "He's the closest player I've seen to anyone resembling Joe Montana. Has a quick release, timing, exceptional instincts, coolness under pressure and the ability to buy time while waiting for receivers to get open. Believe me, this is a special player who can change the fortunes of any team he eventually signs with," Lemming said.