Over the weekend Paulus joined his family in Greensboro to watch his elder brother, Greg, play in the ACC tournament for Duke. Originally, he had planned to unofficially visit Chapel Hill on Sunday, but when the Blue Devils reached the ACC final game, the Paulus' family stay in Greensboro was extended. Paulus has since rescheduled for the Tar Heels spring game on April 8th.
Late last season, Paulus and his father did, however, make a quick trip to Chapel Hill where they didn't have enough time for much of tour, but Paulus did leave with one of his first scholarship offers.
"I actually got offered by Coach Bunting in person in October," said Paulus. "I went up there to visit Greg and I stepped over there."
Speaking of Greg, many have wondered if the storied rivalry between Duke and UNC would eliminate the Tar Heels from contention. The younger Paulus has spoken to his older brother and received nothing but his blessings.
"I've already talked to him about it and asked him what he thought about it and he's just like ‘You know what, if you're comfortable with it and you feel it's the right place, then I don't care,'" said Paulus. "Obviously some other people might care. It's a different shade of blue on that side. If I'm comfortable with it, then I'll go there."
Paulus, who currently holds 25 scholarship offers (with Miami, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Alabama being the latest), hopes to have his college decision squared away before his senior season kicks off.
"I think once I finish up my [unofficial] visits in May and once schools come up and visit me, I'll have a pretty good idea of what my top five would be," said Paulus. "I'll just continue to talk to those schools. And then maybe cut it down to three. Hopefully before the season I'd like to make a [verbal] commitment, but if not I can take official visits to those three or five schools. But, like I said, I'd like to do it before the season."
Over the weekend, Paulus did squeeze in trips to Wake Forest and Duke. He has also attended Syracuse's junior day, and has scheduled unofficial visits to Michigan, Notre Dame, and USC.
Even with the lack of a true campus visit, Paulus sees a lot of positives in UNC, starting with their campus.
"I think the campus is absolutely beautiful," said Paulus. "The facilities are beautiful. This past weekend helped schools out like N.C. State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Duke. At the ACC tournament, I really liked the fact that everything was so sports oriented down there [in North Carolina]. I think the coaching staff is nice and genuine."
As a junior, the 6-foot-5, 208-pound quarterback led Albany (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy to a 7-2 record. On the year, Paulus passed for over 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns with a 59 completion percentage.