RECRUITING: Count On Brandon Paul For FNL

Brandon Paul could be a difference maker at a number of positions at the next level but it is at cornerback where rates him four stars. The 5-10, 185-pounder from Tallahassee Lincoln does it all for his high school team --- wide receiver, running back, cornerback, kick returner. He will be the picture of versatility when he visits The Swamp for Friday Night Lights.

Brandon's dad Robert is a proud father. Mr. Paul thinks the sky is the limit for his son and it's obvious by the letters that fill their mail box that college recruiters think the same thing. Robert is enjoying the recruiting process with his son.

"It's great, real good," Robert Paul said. "Nothing really is that surprising about it all because Brandon has always been very athletic."

Off the field Brandon is a great kid. He doesn't have the attitude of a superstar. He just lets things come to him and deals with them as they do. On the field it's a totally different attitude. The moment he straps on the helmet and cleats he becomes a difference maker.

"He is just a good humble kid and student," dad said. "He is a very respectful kid. I hope he sees the NFL eventually. He has the heart to do that and a great work ethic."

For Brandon it has been a lot of hard work this summer. He and his Lincoln teammates have been working hard at a team camp all summer. Brandon has also tripped to a couple of schools.

"I went to a University of Florida Junior Day in June," he said. "I also went to FSU's Junior Day."

The trip to Gainesville was for Florida's third such event of the season. The day after Friday Night Lights, the Gators will host their fourth and maybe final junior day of the summer season.

"I have to talk again to my coaches about coming Friday, but parents might bring me up to Gainesville," Brandon Paul said. "They don't care where I go."

One thing about Paul is that he can flat out fly on the track. He wants to continue running track at the next level so any school that won't allow him to do dual sports won't get a look.

"All the schools talking to me about football also say I can run track," Paul said. "Florida is saying they really need me and I could make an impact on the team. I have also talked to the track coaches too. Florida is looking at me on offense and defense. I like both, it really doesn't matter. At corner I have great speed and great change of direction."

He doesn't have a top list of schools just yet as he tries and sift through all of them that are coming at him. The self reported Miami Hurricane fan does know what he is looking for when he makes his collegiate choice.

"I am looking for a good academic program," he said. I want a family atmosphere and a place where the coaches care about the players like they do their own children."

Brandon Paul has worked hard and can write his own ticket to wherever he wants to go at the collegiate level. He plans on spending Friday night in Gainesville. The Gators hope he makes it more than that after next season.

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