Paulus Progressing

With Mike Paulus under center, Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy is off to a 2-0 start as the four-star prospect continues to progress as a passer.

"I think, right now, we're doing pretty well," said Paulus. "Offensively, I'm doing my job – completing the ball and getting the ball to my wide receivers. I'm reading defenses [better] – everything is slowing down. I'm reading things and getting rid of the ball fast."

Paulus, a 6-foot-5 210-pounder, feels that if his defensive counterparts step it up, their undefeated streak will continue.

"Obviously, we've got work to do both offensively and defensively," said Paulus. "Offensively, we're as good as we've been the last couple of years, but defensively we're not as good as we usually are. So, games have been a little bit closer. I've been putting up higher numbers because I have been in there longer. I think we have to stop people. Until we do that, we are going to be in some shootouts."

Although Paulus got his recruitment out of the way in the spring with a verbal commitment to North Carolina, the communication line between him and the UNC coaches is as strong as ever.

"I'm still talking to the coaches every day [and] Coach [Dave] Brock is coming up to my game Friday," said Paulus. "I haven't lined up my official visit, yet, but I'll be doing that soon."

While things have slowed down with so many commits, Paulus is still working as an extended part of North Carolina's recruiting staff.

"I still text with Greg Little to see how he's doing," said Paulus. "I know that he's telling people his list is at nine, but I know the two or three schools he's down to and I like our chances."

Not only has he watched both of North Carolina's games this season, Paulus has Tivo'd and studied both contests.

"They need some help, it's obvious," said Paulus. "They're just looking for someone to complete the ball. The receivers are so young, so athletic, and so talented, and they're getting protection, they're just looking for the trigger guy to get these guys the ball and they don't have that right now.

"Hopefully when I get down there, I can compete and take [over that role].

"Coach [Frank] Cignetti is real good at what he does, but I think he's used to working with a pro-style quarterback. He's got guys that like to run that ball, not used to throwing it, and not as tall, so they're having trouble seeing safeties and making decisions."

On the season, Paulus has completed 42-of-56 passes (75 percent) for 595 yards and five touchdowns.

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