Fullerton kicker/punter to visit Corvallis

TheInsiders.com spoke with Fullerton Community College punter/kicker Sam Paulesco pronounced "Pah-less-cue") on Tuesday to get a feel for what he is looking for in a school, and where his heart may be leading him.

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound player was a unanimous selection to the 2003 All-Mission Conference Offensive Team as a kicker and was also a unanimous selection to the All-Mission Conference Defensive Team as a punter.

"Sam has the strongest leg we`ve had in my 11 years," said Fullerton head coach Gene Murphy who believes Paulesco will play in the NFL someday.

Besides being named to both all-conference teams, he was also named Special Teams Player of the Week during the third week of the season when he punted four balls for a 50.5 average while connecting on 4 of 4 field goals from 46, 27, 41, and 36 yards out.

"The only reason I had the season I did was because of God," stated the highly coveted Paulesco. "I want to work with teenage kids, maybe a teacher or a counselor." Apparently Sam isn't kidding because he has wasted no time becoming involved with that age group. "I am coaching soccer right now at my old high school (Whittier Christian)," he said.

In 10 games this year he booted the ball 46 times for 2,107 yards; good for a conference leading 45.8 average.  His longest boot was an amazing 84 yard blast.  As a kicker he was second in the conference in scoring (7.3 ppg) after making all 37 of his extra points and going 12 of 17 (.706) from the field.  His longest field of the season was a 46 yarder.

Sam plans on relocating to the school of his choice at the beginning of summer. Right now the four schools on Sam's mind are Arizona State, Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Oregon State. His favorite right now?  "Well, I'd have to say Oregon State because of coach Riley," he responded.  "and my parents would really like me to go there."

Paulesco is being recruited by Oregon State's running backs coach Lee Hull and is excited to meet with OSU special teams coach LeCharles McDaniel when he visits Corvallis on January 9th.  His visit to the Mid Valley will be his first official visit and currently has no other trips lined up, but will probably schedule at least one more. 

When asked if he would take all of his trips Paulesco stated, "probably not, I will just pray on it a lot and make my decision where and when God wants me to."

In today's climate of selfish athletes, Sam is a breath of fresh air and is the type of player any school would love to have on their team. 

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