Paul exploring other options

Dee Paul committed to SMU back in April but a certain issue has him wavering and listening to other schools

Frustrating.

That's the word Munday (TX) athlete Dee Paul used to describe a key factor that has the two-star prospect second guessing his commitment to SMU.

Besides being a versatile star on the gridiron, Paul is one of the fastest runners in Texas. This spring, he captured four medals at the Class 1A state track meet. That performance led Paul to set his mind on participating in both sports at the next level.

"Right now I'm not completely solid on SMU. I'm exploring other options," Paul said. "I'm pretty disappointed that they don't have a track team, and I really want to do both in college. Track is something I really enjoy competing in, and I feel I can do both."

While Paul holds no other offers at the moment, he has been attracting major interest from Washington State and Texas State this summer.

Both programs recently told Paul that they would allow him to play football and run track if an offer was extended.

"The Texas State track coach actually called me the other day and said he was going to talk to the football coaches. The football coaches have talked to me in the past, and I feel I'm close to getting an offer," Paul said. "I also talked to Mike Leach at Washington State last week. I think he's a really good coach, and they would let me run track there too."

But Paul has no immediate plans to decommit from SMU and has been forming a bond with new co-offensive coordinator Jason Phillips.

"For now, I'm still committed to SMU. I think it's a really good school and they have a good football team. The coaches are great too," Paul said. "When I went on my visit in April, I was really impressed with the campus. I'm from a really small town so I thought it was great. I'm just disappointed they don't have track.

"I really like Jason Phillips. I think he's a good coach. I got to see him coach when I visited, and he really knows what he's talking about. He seems like someone I would enjoy playing for."

However, Paul may be playing on the defensive side of the ball if he does indeed make it to the Hilltop next fall.

"The coaches said I can be used anywhere on the field," Paul said. "I do feel like I could be a threat as a slot receiver, but I see myself more as a defensive back. Wherever they need me, I'll play."

Last season, the explosive 5-foot-11, 160-pounder passed for 1,138 yards, rushed for 2,035 yards and scored 47 total touchdowns. Defensively, he notched 89 tackles and three interceptions as he helped Munday capture a state title.

"I'm excited about the season," Paul said. "We're ranked No. 1 so we have to handle the pressure and work hard in order to win."

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