Paulus 'Excited' About Davis

Many believed Mike Paulus was being fed inside information regarding North Carolina's head coach vacancy. However, while most envisioned his sources resided in Chapel Hill, a member of his high school's coaching staff was keeping the four-star quarterback informed more than anyone else.

"My coach let me know it was a done deal," said Paulus. "Our defensive coordinator is best friends with Butch Davis. I knew Butch was interested since day one."

To verify, Paulus, a 6-foot-5 210-pound quarterback from Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers, contacted Tar Heel assistant coaches Dave Brock and Frank Cignetti.

"I was able to call some of the assistant coaches and they said ‘Yeah, it's official,'" said Paulus. "I did ask them [who might be staying], they do not know yet. It's still kind of up in the air."

The announcement has Paulus eager to become a Tar Heel

"I'm real, real excited about it – I can't wait," said Paulus. "It's going to be a powerhouse in one or two years – I know it is."

After UNC announced that John Bunting would be relieved of his head coaching duties following this season, Paulus, who verbally committed to North Carolina in late May, stayed firmed on his pledge, but hinted that official visits to other schools might be a possibility. The hiring of Davis completely solidifies his commitment.

"I'm firmly committed," said Paulus. "Unless something major happens that I don't like – I doubt that's going to happen – I'm sticking with Carolina. I really like what's going on. I really can't explain it, but it's happening and it's exactly what I thought would happen."

As expected, Paulus jumped on the phones to contact fellow recruits. He was able to reach Ryan Houston and Greg Little through text messages.

A new/old name Paulus spoke to – and has been in contact with – is Maryland pledge Lansford Watson.

"Lansford Watson is very, very interested," said Paulus. "He actually called me last week."

Paulus has never met or spoke with Davis, but plans to get in contact with the Tar Heels' head coach in the next couple of days. He knows, however, that Davis was among the many who watched Paulus lead Christian Brothers Academy to a 42-14 victory on ESPNU earlier this season.

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