Paulus Getting to Know New Coaches

While unhappy with Butch Davis' choice to not retain his primary recruiter, Dave Brock, Mike Paulus said he will not allow it to affect his verbal commitment to North Carolina.

"Overall, I'm disappointed," said Paulus. "It's tough when you develop a relationship with someone for so long [and] for over a year talking to them everyday.

"But at the same time, Coach [Butch] Davis has to do what he thinks is best for North Carolina. If he thinks Coach Brock is better suited elsewhere, then I have to go with what Coach Davis does.

"I'm still committed to North Carolina; I'm just disappointed by [Brock's dismissal]. I know [Davis] is going to bring in great coaches – great guys, and it will turn into something big. I wanted to be a part of it with Coach Brock and I know he wanted to be a part of it, too."

Easing the loss of Brock, Paulus has been spending a lot of time with Davis' first assistant hire, Steve Hagen, who will be taking over as Paulus' primary recruiter.

"He's been up two times in the last two weeks," said Paulus. "Coach Davis came up the first week, Coach Hagen came up the second week, [and] then he was up here just again Thursday.

"He's a nice guy, we're getting along well. We're talking a lot, we talked today. We're just getting to know each other. It's a process.

"We just talk a lot about what Coach Davis is going to do, what they're going to do. [They want to] surround the program with the best athletes to make my job easier. So we just continue to talk about recruiting."

With Hagen and Paulus spending so much time together, the natural assumption is that Hagen will be coaching quarterbacks. Paulus said that's not necessarily the case.

"From what I've been told by Coach Davis is that the offensive coordinator will be the quarterbacks coach," said Paulus. "I'm not sure what Coach Hagen's position will be quite yet. They have not told me and I don't know if they've told him or not. I know things will be solidified in a couple of weeks [to] a month. So we'll just find out then."

Paulus has scheduled his official visit with North Carolina for January 19th. He acknowledged that that particular weekend will also include some of the Tar Heels' top recruiting targets.

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