"A lot of people think I like North Carolina because my brother is down there, but that's not a reason, that's a bonus," said Paulus. "I really just feel comfortable with the coaches and feel comfortable with the area. I just feel like I really know them really well and they are recruiting me really hard."
During conversations with members of North Carolina's coaching staff, Paulus discovered he is a top target on UNC's quarterback recruiting board.
"That's flattering," noted Paulus.
In addition to the Tar Heels, Paulus is considering Alabama, Syracuse, Tennessee, and USC. He will make his decision in the next week to ten days with a strong emphasis on comfort level.
"I'm just going to try to get a real good feel for the school that I feel is the best for me," said Paulus. "It's going to come down to what school I feel the most comfortable with. It's not going to be the best football decision or the best school decision, but the best all-around decision."
Paulus narrowed his list of schools down to five from the 30-plus scholarship offers he received using a lengthy unofficial campus visit tour.
As a junior, the 6-foot-5, 208-pound quarterback led 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.