Recruiting: Where do Cougs stand with Paulo?

AS THREE-STAR offensive lineman Darrin Paulo gets ready for his senior year at Sacramento’s Grant Union High, the 6-6, 320 pound tackle is also preparing to take an official visit to WSU in late September to see the Cougars host the Ducks, and to visit his older brother. Paulo tells CF.C WSU has recruited him the hardest, but where do the Cougs stand on his list? We asked, here’s what he said …

The offensive line prospect tells CF.C he has WSU, USC and UCLA as his top three schools of interest. However Paulo said there is no specific order he’ll start to narrow down his list once he takes his official visits.

“I’m taking my time, I’m waiting to see the campus,” Paulo said. “I don’t want to commit to a school that I haven’t gotten to know or seen.”

Paulo said he’s been in contact with WSU offensive line coach Clay McGuire almost every day.

“It’s been great, he’s easy to talk to,” Paulo said. “We talk about me and my brother (Darrin Paulo) going one-on-one and how he’s excited for me to come up (to visit).”

WSU redshirt junior defensive lineman Darryl Paulo is the brother of Darrin but the younger Paulo said Darryl wants him to make the decision on his own.

“He doesn’t really influence me,” Paulo said. “He wants me to do it by myself, he doesn’t want me to blame him if I don’t like it (WSU).”

Paulo said he talks with his older brother over the phone at least once every two weeks.

According to Paulo, the coaching staff, environment and the quality of the education will be the main factors in his decision.

The three-star offensive lineman has also been in contact with Washington State head coach Mike Leach and said he is familiar with Leach’s background as a head coach.

“He’s great,” Paulo said. “After Paul Wulff, he brought back the program with the new facilities and stuff.”

Paulo is also familiar with the WSU football program.

“Since my brother has been there, they’ve been rebuilding every year and I guess last year they finally showed what they can do, so I’m excited for this year too,” Paulo said.

Why did the WSU coaching staff decide to extend an offer to Paulo? The 6-6, 320 pound offensive lineman said the WSU coaching staff likes his size, footwork and how he’s never had any off the field issues.

Paulo described his run blocking as his biggest strength on the field and understands the Cougars emphasize on throwing the ball which is not a problem to him. Paulo is ranked as the 87th best off tackle in the 2015 recruiting class, according to

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