Paulson looking to soar?

Jake Paulson is a 6-4, 230-pound linebacker prospect from Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lakeridge, and he's been racking up double-digit tackle marks early this season for the Pacers. His team isn't playing up to expectations yet, but Jake hopes that will change soon.

"We lost our first game (to Westview) in the final 6 seconds of the game," Paulson told "And then we lost big to Tigard, but I think they are one of the top teams in state this year."

Jake claims 31 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovered, but those totals are on the low side. For the Tigard game, the Lakeridge coaches had a rough tackle count of 20 for the senior 'backer that always seems to be at the right place and at the right time.

"I just love defense because you get to hit people," he said. "And besides, I was never one to just sit back."

Paulson runs a 4.9 40, benches 310 pounds, squats 450, dead lifts 475 and power cleans 275. He also has a 29-inch vertical jump to his credit.

He took part in summer camps at Washington, Oregon and Oregon State to hone his skills for one final go-around with the Pacers, and it looks to be paying off. He also attended the Oregon Nike camp.

Washington, Nevada, Boise State, Idaho and Air Force all called in the beginning of September, and the Falcons currently have the lead spot in Paulson's heart. "Academically they are ranked as high as Stanford," he said. "I have no problem going in the Air Force. I'm always looking to play around guys that have a lot of discipline anyways."

Jake has also taken the time to initiate conversations with Oregon and Oregon State. "Oregon is the one team I'm really waiting on right now," he said about the Ducks picking up on his recruitment. "I'm really high on them and I've been talking to their coaches for the past two years."

Paulson is going to attend the Oregon-Michigan game this Saturday, and will head up to Seattle the following Saturday to see Washington play Stanford. "I'll probably go to the next Oregon State game I can, probably when they play Washington (October 18th)," he said.

If Jake could plan his official visits today, they would be to AFA, UW, UO, OSU, with one left over, just in case. "I don't want to be close-minded about anything right now," Paulson said. "I just want to play."

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