Georgia Athlete Visits Iowa City

The Iowa Hawkeyes have a great tradition of producing high quality tight ends, and in the past, they haven't been shy of identifying excellent athletes and molding them into tight ends, regardless of their position. David Paulsen of Marietta, Georgia is a 6-3, 237 prep player that fits that billing. He was in Iowa City this weekend and had plenty to say regarding his visit...

The Iowa Hawkeyes have a great tradition of producing high quality tight ends, and in the past, they haven't been shy of identifying excellent athletes and molding them into tight ends, regardless of their position.

David Paulsen of Marietta, Georgia is a 6-3, 237 prep player that fits that billing.

Schools are not certain as to what position he will play at the college level, or what side of the ball he will wind up at.

"Since last year I played nose tackle and H-back. College coaches want to see me as a tight end catching passes, and they want to see me as a defensive end coming off the edge." Paulsen recently told Scout.com.

"I think it would be really cool to play tight end or H-back. I think I could do my best at one of those positions and get more playing time, but I will play wherever the coach wants me. I could play anywhere. I have some coaches recruiting me for defensive tackle, linebacker and fullback as well."

When Paulsen recently visited Iowa City for a one day camp, it sounded as though the Iowa coaching staff was uncertain as to which position they wanted to see him at, because they liked him at multiple positions.

"It seemed like they were fighting over me at first, and they sent me to tight end. It was a shorter workout with fewer guys, so I got to play a lot. I worked a few reps at defensive end as well, but never at linebacker. Coach (Darrell Wilson) seemed a bit upset by that, but not too much."

Paulsen took in a lot during his one night stay in Iowa City.

"We came on Friday, and visited downtown. I liked the college town field. Then we met with the coaches, Coach Kaczenski. Then we took a tour of the weight room, saw the locker rooms and meeting rooms, plus the different things like the lounge. Then we went and visited the stadium. We went to the top level of the press box and could see the field, saw the suite level and the outdoor level. It was great. After that, we went down and saw the home team and the pink visitors locker room, which was pretty cool, then I got dressed out to camp.

"I worked out at first with the tight ends. We started out with footwork, then we started catching the ball and blocking. Then we went 1 on 1 with the defensive linemen, and I did well with that. I ran some pass routes against linebackers. I caught a long pass and a few short passes. Then it was three on three, and I caught three long posts down the middle for touchdowns, and that was the end. I spoke to a lot of coaches during the camp. I met Coach Wilson again; he was the first coach I had met from Iowa. I talked with Coach Campell a lot, and he really seemed to like me. Coach Kaczenski spoke with my parents some more and said he would get in touch with me in the next few weeks to find out my future at Iowa. Coach Ferentz talked with me some, said I had a pretty good day and asked me what I thought of Iowa. Things sounded positive from all of the coaches."

Paulsen is familiar with Iowa, as he has family in the state and in the nearby area. One person he was not familiar with, with regards to having ever met him before, was Kirk Ferentz. Ferentz made an impression on Paulsen.

"I had never met coach Ferentz before, and he knew my name before I spoke with him before, which was cool because I didn't know he knew who I was. He said I looked good on film and that he looked forward to talking to me more.

Another thing that stood out on his visit was the city and overall aesthetics of the program.

"The facilities are great. They are the best facilities, and they are making more improvements. I like the strength and conditioning aspect of the program, what Coach Doyle is doing there; I think I would fit into that pretty well. I guess it felt like where I am from; surrounded by the school, very into the sports and I just like the feel of the town and area."

"That, and I wasn't expecting to get as much personal attention as I did. Being so far away, I figure I would come in and let the coaches know who I was, but it was like they had a good feel for me already."

Paulsen, who was visiting with family in Cedar Rapids when we spoke with him, will visit Miami of Ohio (offer) tomorrow before camping at Georgia and Vanderbilt in the coming days.

As for a decision, Paulsen is still up in the air with regards to when he might pull the trigger.

"I would like to make the decision before my senior year. But if I am not sure about one school, I won't rush anything. This will affect the rest of my life. I would like to take some official visits, and if I commit too early, I can't do that. Hopefully an early decision, but we will see."

In high school, Paulsen has lined up at H-back, tight end, linebacker and defensive lineman for his Walton team. His size/speed ratio is outstanding, and he shows tremendous lateral range from his linebacker spot. He's strong enough that he plays defensive tackle at times, and he's a good blocker from his H-Back position.

He currently states offers from Stanford, Miami of Ohio, Army, Air Force and Western Carolina.

Paulsen recently had the following words on Iowa when he spoke with another representative from Scout.com:

"I have a lot of family in Iowa who live right in Iowa City. I think it's cool how they are basically the only team in Iowa. It's a great campus. It's like an Athens, Georgia. They have great facilities, and it's a nice area. Big 10 football is pretty good."


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