"I feel like they should have been the first school to offer me," Mike Paulus said. "That kind of bugged me because they're right down the street. They know me; they know what kind of kid I am. I don't understand why they delayed the offer so long."
Paulus said Syracuse coach Greg Robinson apologized for delay when they talked Sunday, saying he had been busy, and just now got around to offering Paulus a scholarship.
"That wasn't exactly flattering," Paulus said.
Another factor has hurt Syracuse's recruiting efforts with Paulus: former quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite leaving the Syracuse program in early January. Applewhite left the Orange to take a job as offensive coordinator for the Rice University football team.
"When (he) left that was a big loss," Paulus said. "He was by far my favorite coach of any school that recruited me. Major and I would talk on the phone for 45 minutes and never mention football."
Even before Applewhite left, Paulus said he felt Syracuse forgot about him. Yesterday's offer from Robinson was the first he had heard from Syracuse since the college season began.
"During the summer my relationship with the coaches was great," Paulus said. "(Syracuse) was in my top three (schools at) the beginning. Then once the season started I talked to them maybe once. I would have like a letter or something. They kind dozed off on me.
"Right now, they're not anywhere near my top schools. I'm not bashing Syracuse, but the interest has gone down a lot… they're not in my top 15."