Paulus: From Recruit to Recruiter

With his recruitment now behind him, Mike Paulus has started to work as an integral part of North Carolina's recruiting efforts.

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  • "I'm just real excited," said Paulus. "I can't believe I have to wait a year and a half to get down there. Every single night since I committed, I've been on the phone talking to kids about coming [to North Carolina]."

    Well informed of UNC's targets, Paulus's list of recent phone calls reads like the Tar Heels' recruiting board.

    "I get a different guy everyday," said Paulus. "As far as linemen, I'd say I talk to a bunch, but my main guys are John Elliott, Lamar Milstead, Anthony Davis, and Travian Robertson. As far as running backs, I talk to Brian Maddox and Ryan Houston. I talk to Greg Little – I think everyone knows that, Lansford Watson, and at tight end, Rob Gronkowski."

    In a short period of time, Paulus is making his mark on many blue chip prospects.

    "[I've been] real successful, except for just a couple," said Paulus. "They're some big time players that aren't really looking at Carolina, but the two lineman – Elliott and Milstead – we're up there with both of them; Marcus Gilchrist likes us a lot; Travian Robertson likes us a lot; Maddox, Houston, and Little – everyone I've talked to likes us a lot except for Davis. So we're in good shape with all of them, and I think me talking to them helps out a lot."

    Paulus's recruiting pitch is simple and to the point: "Follow me and big things will happen."

    "The first time I call and I introduce myself, most people know who I am," said Paulus. "I just explain to them what's going on and how big this thing's going to be with the new coaches, and this class is going to be amazing. We have one of the top wide receives in Dwight Jones, so I brag about him. It's not hard at all to tell these kids what's going on, because people are starting to see it, people read about it, and people are starting to hear about it."

    Paulus said his decision to commit so early was a matter of knowing where he wanted to be.

    "I've been talking to schools for awhile and it just came down to USC and North Carolina," said Paulus. "A lot of other quarterbacks pulled the trigger with other schools, but none of them really effected me except for [Jimmy] Clausen and Notre Dame. So when that happened, I just narrowed it down to USC and Carolina. I knew I was going to Carolina a week before I took my visit to USC, but I wanted to see for myself and weigh my pros and cons."

    Paulus recently spoke to his principal about early graduation, but his request was denied. He plans to enroll at UNC shortly following his spring graduation.

    Once in Chapel Hill, Paulus will immediately receive a chance to compete.

    "We've talked about redshirting and not redshirting," said Paulus. "Pretty much I'm going to go in there and compete right away. I'm just going to go in there and play and do what I can."

    As a junior, the 6-foot-5, 208-pound quarterback led Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) to a 7-2 record. On the year, Paulus passed for over 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns with a 59 completion percentage.

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