"I just called coach P.J. Fleck this afternoon and decided that I wanted to commit to the Minnesota Golden Gophers," Louisville (Ky.) tight end Jacob Paulson said to GopherIllustrated. "The conversation went really well as I'd spoken with coach Callahan already and he told me that they still really want me at tight end, and went I visited there back in December I loved it, so it was a pretty easy decision for me."
"Coach Fleck and Callahan see me as a true "Y" tight end that can do both in terms of blocking and receiving," Paulson explained to GopherIllustrated. "I think those are my strengths as a tight end as I'm able to run well, but I'm also not afraid to put my hand in the dirt and block. My family came with on my official visit back in December and they think it's great in Minneapolis. The biggest reason I chose Minnesota over schools like Illinois and LSU where I was going to visit this weekend, is I loved it there when I was on my visit. I loved the campus, the facilities and I have only heard good things about coach Fleck."
Paulson will have a visitor by tomorrow from the Gophers staff.
"My position coach, coach Brian Callahan is going to be coming to my house tomorrow for an in-home visit, so I'm excited to meet him then. My recruiting process is over now, I won't be visiting LSU or anywhere else. I'm going to be a Golden Gopher."
Paulson was second on the team with nine tackles in the title game. For the season offensively, he had 25 catches for 328 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he had 67 tackles (42 solo) in 15 games.