Holding Pattern

Auburn (Wash.) tight end David Paulson (6-4, 230, 4.8), from Riverside High School, denies a favorite from among his top five schools: Oregon (offer), California (offer), Oregon State (offer), Washington State and Arizona State.

David Paulson Profile

"Oregon has big, nice, new facilities, and the location is not too far from home--about five hours. I like tight end coach, Neal Zoumboukos, because he coaches really hard and he always has something new he wants to coach you on improving." Paulson said. "I've been to Oregon four or five times this month: their junior day, a one-day camp, a two- day camp, and just to meet the coaches.

"California throws the ball a lot. When I went to their camp about two weekends ago, the coaching staff seemed like good people. They have a good program and they've had a lot of success recently," he said.

"Oregon State is in a small college town with a great little community. The head coach, Mike Riley, doesn't try to put on a show--he's nice and personable. They use their tight ends a lot, and the campus is also close to home--about four hours.

"My oldest brother, Chris Paulson played at Washington State and was in the Sun Bowl, Rose Bowl and Holiday Bowl. My other older brother is a student there now. The coaches say they like me, but they want to see me block more," Paulson said.

"Arizona State uses their tight ends a lot. They always use two on the field. I look up to their tight end, Zach Miller--I think he's going to be a junior next year. I went to the Sun Devils' one-day camp in the first week of June hoping they would offer me after that," he said.

"I do best at receiving--I run good routes and I have good hands. I would like to get better at blocking," he said. "I have one more camp tomorrow at the University of Washington. Then I'll probably narrow down a couple favorites this summer, and commit whenever it feels right."

Paulson benches 275, squats 320 and vertical jumps 30".

He reports a 3.9 core GPA and a 1720 SAT

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