Paul Maile had a monster junior season as a blocker last fall, helping his team to a second consecutive state crown, and he has carried that momentum into his recruitment this year.
The three-star defensive lineman from Salt Lake City (Utah) East is up to 15 scholarship offers with several other programs expressing interest during the spring evaluation period. Maile, a standout performer at the Level Up Elite Camp earlier this month, told Scout.com a lot of schools are looking at him for defense, but he also has drawn some attention for offense given his blocking ability and what he showed on tape as a junior.
"I'll play whatever, but I'm getting recruited mostly at defensive line by schools," Maile said. "I'm still trying to weigh all my options before narrowing things down."
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound prospect said a handful of programs have been aggressive in recent weeks.
"I've been hearing a lot from Arizona, Wisconsin and California," Maile said. "I definitely want to get out to Arizona and see what they're about. Cal's coaching staff is great to talk to and I've really like what I've heard from them. I want to get out there for a visit this summer as well. Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) has been telling me how great of a school Cal is and I talk to coach (Steve) Greatwood, too, and they want me to go see it for myself."
No dates for those trips have been set up just yet but Maile intends to set his schedule in the coming weeks. One stop he knows of for sure will be Stanford for its camp this summer.
"I've been talking to Stanford quite a bit and they want to see me play," Maile said. "I'm getting recruited at defensive lineman and I don't have much film there, so they want to see me play that position at their camp. I'm really looking forward to it."
Maile, the No. 8-rated defensive tackle in the West region for the 2018 class, has his sights set on a few other programs, including some that have yet to offer.
"I want to get out to all the in-state schools this summer for sure," Maile said. "I get out to Utah just about every other week since it's down the street, but I definitely want to get out to BYU and Utah State to see things, too. It would be nice to be close to home in college, but I've got to do what's best for me. My family knows that, so we'll have to see and go through this process.
"I've been talking to Washington, Oregon and UCLA. With Washington I've got a good relationship with coach (Ikaika) Malloe and we've been talking quite a bit. I'm interested to see what they have to offer when I get out there. I've always liked Oregon growing up and it seems like a cool place to visit, so I want to check it out as well. I've been talking to the defensive line coach, Joe Salave'a, and coach (Mario) Cristobal mostly. With UCLA it's coach Angus (McClure). I talked to him last month and he was at one of our practices last week, so I can't wait to find out more about the program and see that campus eventually."
Maile, who has yet to decide if he would take his LDS mission immediately out of high school, was credited with a handful of tackles as a junior last season while primarily focusing on helping his team on the offensive side of the ball.