Paulson set to walk-on

The recruited walk-on class is going strong for the Huskers who continue to add to their 2009 class totals. The walk-on program is a slice of the tradition at Nebraska. Success stories of players that have walked-on at Nebraska, after turning down scholarship offers elsewhere, just to get the opportunity to dawn the red and white at Nebraska.

Devin Paulson is another name to add to the list of recruited walk-ons for Nebraska. The linebacker from Lincoln (Nebr.) Christian is 6-foot-2, 213-pounds and claims a 4.7/40-time.

"It's true," Paulson said. "I committed to walk-on at Nebraska a week ago, last Monday. Nebraska likes me as a linebacker, but we haven't really talked about inside or outside."

At Lincoln Christian, Paulson was a standout on both sides of the football and was recognized as such splitting all-state honors with two different papers on both sides of the football.

"I played linebacker on defense and quarterback on offense. I had around 120 tackles through nine games. I had about 1,400 passing yards, but didn't know my rushing stats.

"I was all-state defense for one paper and all-state offense in the other. I was all-conference and all-district as well."

Paulson knows about Nebraska and what the school and the team mean to the state. He knows what it's like to be a fan and when it came down it couldn't see himself going to another school.

"It was everything about Nebraska. The thing about the university here is that it's a big thing in the state. You know what everyone is doing on Saturday.

"You are either at the game, watching the game on TV somewhere or listening to it. It's a big deal. The fan base is incredible around here.

"I couldn't see myself going anywhere else. No way is there a bigger fan base for a single school like there is for Nebraska."

The chance to go to Nebraska wasn't a dream for Paulson; it was more of a goal. He knew that if it came up that it would be extremely tough to turn down.

"It was always the goal, I'd like to say. I knew that if the chance came up that it would be something that I would consider intensely."

When Nebraska started to recruit Paulson a lot of the other schools recruiting him backed off. So much so, that he didn't even discuss financial scholarships with other teams.

"I had quit working the phone with a lot of schools when Nebraska started calling. When they started recruiting me I was pretty sure that was where I would end up.

"There were some places that I was talking to that I thought were leaning towards offering me a scholarship, but we never really got that far to talk about their offer."

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