Paulus, a 6-foot-5 210-pound quarterback from Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy, verbally committed to UNC in April over a slew of big time scholarship offers including Southern Cal and Michigan.
"[UNC has] just the overall best opportunity," said Paulus. "Other big time schools offered the same thing North Carolina did, but North Carolina had the extra push. They offered a couple more things that the other programs couldn't. Not necessarily a win-loss record type deal, but the atmosphere, the academics, the social life – it just offered everything."
After making his pledge, Paulus immediately became a part of the Tar Heels' program working as an extended member of UNC's recruiting efforts.
"I love recruiting, I love talking to kids," said Paulus. "I loved this week more than any week, because I talked to so many kids so much. I can't wait to see if my hard work paid off or not. I love it, I'm excited about it. If they let me do it again, I'll do it again. I love talking to kids and bragging about UNC."
Paulus' journey as a UNC verbal commitment hit a bump in the road when John Bunting was dismissed.
"I was close to the coaches that were previously there," said Paulus. "When they got fired – like I said at the time – I was going to sit back and wait and see what happens. Fortunately, they got Butch Davis – one of the best coaches available. I'm excited.
"I was telling a recruit the other day ‘You know how people say he coached Santana Moss and Andre Johnson and Ken Dorsey, I'm working my tail off to be one of those guys so people say ‘When [Davis] worked at North Carolina he coached Paulus and Jones and Mason.'"
As a senior Paulus played three less games, but still surpassed his junior statistical totals in every major stat category. On the year, Paulus competed 58.8-percent of his passes for 2,304 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Paulus, who is a four-star prospect, is the No. 11-ranked quarterback in the nation by Scout.com.