Paulus, a 6-foot-5, 208-pound quarterback, verbally committed to the Tar Heels in late April. With his recruitment behind him, Paulus has been focusing on preparing for his senior season.
"Everything is awesome," said Paulus. "I'm always working out – sleeping and working out are the two things I'm always doing. I'm really throwing a lot getting prepared for some 7-on-7s with my team – we are going to do some [7-on-7] tournaments in a couple weeks coming up."
Paulus has also been keeping up with his recruiting duties.
"I'm always on the phone recruiting kids and talking to kids," said Paulus. "It's been exciting with [Ryan] Houston committing. Basically anyone that has an offer I've been talking to once a week. I think everyone knows that I talk to [Greg] Little and Lansford Watson and Stefan Wisniewski – I'm always talking to those three.
"I just put a call in to Chris Culliver the other day. I think we're definitely going to get a visit out of him. He said he would go down and look at it."
In addition to talking to recruits, Paulus talks constantly with the North Carolina coaching staff.
"I talk on the phone every day with Coach [Dave] Brock and every other day with Coach Cig and every couple days with Coach [John] Bunting," said Paulus. "I text [message] every day with all three of them and Coach [Marvin] Saunders, [Tommy Thigpen], [Mark] Weber, [Danny] Pearman – I'm in touch with all of them through texting."
The conversations now are definitely different then they were before he committed, as Paulus talks recruiting and continues to build a relationship with the staff.
"We talk more about recruiting now," said Paulus. "All the coaches, I think we're getting real comfortable with each other. Now it's a better relationship and it gets better because we talk so much.
"When I committed, people said they aren't going to talk as much. But, it wasn't like that at all; I talk to the coaches now every day."
As a junior, Paulus led Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) to a 7-2 record. On the year, he passed for over 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns with a 59 completion percentage.