Bruins Still In Mix for Paulo

The Sacramento (Calif.) Grant offensive lineman, Darrin Paulo, knows of four official visits he wants to take, and UCLA is one of them...

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant offensive tackle Darrin Paulo (6-6, 330), is starting to narrow things down a bit in his recruitment.

Paulo knows four schools that will get official visits.

“I know where I’m going to visit, but I don't have dates,” said Paulo. “Washington State, UCLA, USC and Oregon are the main four I know I want to visit. I think I will take all five though and I’m debating the last one in my mind. I’m still considering Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona State for the last one.”

But Paulo said the four Pac-12 school’s he’s calling his main four are certain to get trips.

“They’re all pretty even right now,” said Paulo. “Washington State is probably recruiting me the heaviest and USC too. I’m supposed to talk with Coach (Mike) Leach this week again.”

The Cougs also have his brother, Darryl Paulo, on campus, though Darrin said he’s not making a push for him.

“Darryl lets me decide what I like and what I don’t and he tries to stay out of it,” said Paulo. “He’s a redshirt junior so we could play one year together, but that really wouldn’t be a factor.”

Paulo said his relationship with the coaches recruiting him has been a valuable part of the process.

“Coach (Tim) Drevno is recruiting me at USC and he’s a really cool guy,” said Paulo. “At UCLA, Coach Angus (McClure), is recruiting me and Coach (Adrian) Klemm is too. Coach (Clay) McGuire is recruiting me at Washington State mostly. Oregon has Coach (Steve) Greatwood recruiting me. They’re all good guys.”

Paulo didn’t do any camps during the summer, instead focusing on working with Grant.

That will make the visit process that much more important.

“I didn’t really get to visit anyone so I’m going to need to see them really on the official visits and check them out and see which one fits me best,” said Paulo.

Paulo said he’s hearing both tackle and guard for his future.

“Some like me as a guard, some like me as a tackle. I prefer tackle, but as long as I play, it doesn’t matter,” said Paulo.

Paulo said he’s feeling 100% heading in to the season and his knee is all the way healthy.

“My knees are fine, I won’t use the brace until we put the pads on,” said Paulo. “We put our pads on in a couple of weeks. It’s dead week then we get ready for Burbank in week one. We’re getting in shape for the season and running.”

A decision won’t come until his senior year is done.

“I’ll decide closer to Signing Day,” said Paulo. “I want to take a lot of time to decide.”

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