Sometimes you simply cannot ignore the numbers. When it comes to Bremond (Texas) High athlete Roshauud Paul, you cannot look away.
Paul, listed as a three-star quarterback, knows pretty much his future in college will be at wide receiver. He’s fine with that.
And his future could be at Oklahoma. Paul, a one-time TCU commit, was offered by the Sooners last week and everything seems to be trending toward Paul becoming another big-time pledge for OU’s 2017 class.
Paul said he has been in contact with OU inside receivers coach Cale Gundy for a while now, and the two have built up a nice rapport. It’s that relationship that had Paul not too surprised when the Sooners did make the offer.
“I kind of did see it coming,” Paul said. “It feels really good. It’s a big-time program with a big-time coach in Bob Stoops.”
How good was Paul in leading Bremond to the state championship in 2015? He threw for more than 2,000 yards with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions. He rushed for more than 2,000 yards with 36 more schools, including 11 games of rushing for more than 100 yards.
His junior season allowed him to strut his stuff more as a quarterback in the passing game, but he’s not hesitant to make the switch to receiver going forward.
“Not at all,” said Paul if he’s worried playing quarterback in high school will hurt his receiver recruiting. “A lot of the time the coaches will ask if I’m comfortable playing receiver. I definitely am.”
Paul visited Norman last year for OU’s first home game against Akron. He was unable to make it back to OU the rest of the season but is expected to be back on campus next weekend when OU begins spring practice.
Paul said his No. 1 connection to OU is Gundy as the two have been talking every single day here lately. If Paul knows where he wants to go, he’s not going to waste any time making the call.
“I have thought about when I want to announce,” Paul said. “I definitely want to do it sometime before my season starts. I don’t want to go out there and maybe get injured and be wondering what’s next.”
Paul said he would like to make a trip to Texas although the Longhorns haven’t offered just yet. When mentioning other schools, Paul took a long pause and said that’s basically it. It’s OU and Texas.
“I’m coming March 5. I know a lot of other guys are going to be there, too,” Paul said. “Anthony Hines and guys like that.”
Sooners Illustrated cannot confirm if Hines will be making his second trip to campus in the span of three weeks, but it is clear OU is trying to use the first day of spring practice as another major recruiting opportunity.
Paul could be front-and-center when it comes to that showcase if he continues to get more and more comfortable with the idea of being a Sooner.
“I’m working right now on how I can better myself as a man and not just as a player,” Paul said. “That’s one thing that will be big in my decision. It’s not just about football.”