Paul Tripping to Louisville
Gionni Paul, the 6-foot, 223-pound three-star linebacker from Kathleen Senior High School in Lakeland, Fla., will be taking his first official visit on Oct. 22 when he trips to Louisville.
"I like coach Charlie Strong," Paul said. "He was good at Florida and I like that he's a defense-minded coach. I think he'll turn it around at Louisville."
Paul, ranked as the No. 41 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but favors Louisville, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, UCF, Michigan, Texas Tech, West Virginia and South Florida. All have offered.
On Nov. 13, Paul will be taking an official visit to LSU.
"I really like the LSU coaches a lot," he said about the Tigers. "I like how they get in your face and really stay on you. They expect a lot from their players and expect them to step up."
Paul says he's been very impressed with the Tigers 7-0 start. "I love how they play," he said. "The defense is great and always flying around."
Two other SEC teams that Paul plans on taking official visits to are Auburn and Tennessee. "They're either going to be in November or December," he said. "We haven't set the dates for those yet."
He says both the Auburn Tigers and Vols are recruiting him the hardest.
So is Paul surprised at all by Auburn's 7-0 start? "I expected them to be good this year," he said about the Tigers. "They're traditionally a good team but had a couple down years already.
"The defense is great and they fly around too," he said. "They're well coached and just make a lot of plays."
Paul believes Tennessee is going through a "rebuilding phase" and will turn it around much like Auburn has. "Everyone goes through that rebuilding time," he said. "I believe that Tennessee will be a great team in a few years. Coach Derek Dooley will get it done."
He is still deciding which school will be his final official visit. "I'm still not sure about that," he said. "I'll discuss it with my coach and parents."
One school that Paul does not plan to visit officially is South Florida. "They're only an hour away, so I can go there anytime," he said. "I'll try to visit somewhere I can't easily get to."
Although the Bulls are unlikely to get an official visits, he insists they are very much still in the thick of it. "I'm still very high on them," he said. "They're still up there."
One possibly candidate for his fifth trip is Michigan. "I've always liked Michigan," he said. "I love the stadium and it's a great atmosphere for football. I love the tempo they play."
Paul has helped lead his team to a 6-1 record. He says he averages over 20 tackles per game and has seven touchdowns (five rushing and two off interceptions).
The Devils take on Ridge High School on Oct. 22.
Paul plans on majoring in computer engineering and reports a 3.5 core GPA and an 18 ACT.