The Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) standout point guard/quarterback has kept silent about his intentions to sign his letter-of-intent to play basketball at Duke to just about everyone – except to the Blue Devils coaching staff.
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 didn't talk to anyone, so I don't know how it was out there that I was thinking about playing football," Paulus said. "I made the decision that I was going to wait until after football season ended. 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."