Paulo and defense shine, can taste state

It still may be too hot to believe that football is starting up again, but it is here. For Ronnie Paulo it's been a long time coming. He was very successful in his scrimmage this weekend that has him thinking that the hard work this summer was worth the effort and that he and his teammates can taste state.

Ronnie Paulo is feeling good about a lot of things right now. His recruiting is picking up a little bit and Las Vegas (Nev.) Western was on the field this weekend for a scrimmage. Needless to say Paulo thought he did pretty well.

"We scrimmaged this weekend," Paulo said laughing. "We did good. I can taste state. I think that we are that good."

"I saw a lot of time on the field. I got after the quarterback. I had well over 15 tackles. Most of them were for a loss and three or four were sacks. The rest were just catching them from behind."

Big Red Report brought you earlier that some of the players from further away distances are being encouraged to come see Nebraska the first couple of weekends because of the night games on Saturday. Has the date changed with Nebraska and Paulo?

"It's still the same official visit date for Nebraska. That is my off week so flying out on Friday is not a problem."

Paulo believes that he is ready to reap the rewards of a grueling summer working out and trying to better himself. What is most impressive for Paulo has been an improvement in his 40-yard dash him. A time that he has cut by nearly .2 seconds this summer.

"My biggest goals this summer were putting on weight and getting faster. I think that I really exceeded any expectations that I had when it came to achieving those goals. I think that I am at a 4.59 40-yard dash time. I ran a 4.75 at Nike. It came down that much."

Paulo hasn't received some offers that he thought were either supposed to be on their way or close to being sent. Things are still looking good for Paulo and some big-time football programs.

"I think that a lot of the teams are waiting for me to go through the clearinghouse. I am still only sitting on two offers right now; Nebraska and Utah. Things are still looking good with Arizona State, Fresno State, Illinois, and a couple of others."

The first school to offer Paulo was Nebraska and he grew up a Husker fan. Despite there being strict rules about coaches not calling during this timeframe a player can still call the coaches.

"I am staying in touch with Nebraska a lot. I talk with Coach Wagner a lot. I have also spoke to Coach Blake as well. We talk about how my family is doing. They sent me some media guides. They are really just ask me how I am doing, how I am progressing and how the team is doing there."

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