U-M "Intriguing" For QB Mike Paulus

Quarterback is of major need for Michigan in the recruiting class of 2007. This year appears to have a wealth of talent at the position, and Mike Paulus of Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y., is one of the top prospects. He has Michigan high on his list, but one school has the early advantage.

If the Paulus name rings a bell for recruiting fans, it may be because Greg was one of the top athletes in recent memory. Having the option of playing football or basketball in college, Greg chose hoops, and is now a member of the Duke University basketball team. The Blue Devils are now hoping to land another talented member of the family, this time Greg's younger brother Mike Paulus, as they were the first to offer the talented young man a scholarship - this time for football. "I'm up to 16 offers already," the younger Paulus said. "I'll probably end up visiting a vast majority of the schools that have offered me so far, and Notre Dame."

Having a brother that has gone through the recruiting process has been invaluable to Mike. "He told me that it doesn't matter how many offers I have, as long as I have offers from the schools I want," Mike said.

One school that has recently offered the 6-foot-5, 208-pound Paulus is Michigan. "Michigan is intriguing," he said. "I first met their quarterbacks coach (Scot Loeffler) when they were recruiting my teammate McKenzie Mathews. Coach (Lloyd) Carr offered me on Signing Day."

However, Michigan and Duke will need to stand in line behind the Fighting Irish. "Notre Dame was my favorite school growing up," he said. "I visited there over the summer and met with Coach (Charlie) Weis. He told me they were going to make sure they did my recruitment right, because they lost my brother."

The Irish haven't yet offered Paulus, though. "Coach Weis told me they are only recruiting me and Jimmy Clausen at quarterback," Paulus said. "If Clausen picks another school, then he told me the spot is mine. I should get an idea from Notre Dame in a couple months what Clausen is going to do."

Paulus said that he would like to have his decision made before the season begins. "I don't want this getting in the way of my season," he said. "

The younger Paulus led Christian Brothers to an 11-1 record in 2005, with the one loss coming to Webster-Thomas in the semi-finals of the state playoffs. "I broke my ankle in the previous game, so I missed the semi's," he said. "It's healed now and I've been playing basketball."

As far as attending any camps in the spring and summer, Paulus said he wasn't sure yet what his plans are in that regard. "I'll have to sit down with my father and see which ones are best for me," he said.

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