Paulo Taking It Easy

SEP. 3 -- The Sacramento (Calif.) Grant offensive lineman, Darrin Paulo, won't worry about taking official visits until after the season...

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant offensive tackle Darrin Paulo (6-6, 330), was healthy and glad to be back out on the field for the Pacers season opener against Luther Burbank, a 20-0 shutout win.

Paulo played left tackle for the Pacers but looks like he could play tackle or guard at the next level.

Where he goes at the next level, however, is still up for discussion, but Paulo has honed in on three schools.

“Right now it’s mainly Washington State, USC and UCLA as my main schools,” said Paulo. “I’m in no rush though. I have to take my trips first. We’ll see after those.”

Paulo said other schools, like Arizona State, Oregon, Michigan and Wisconsin, were of interest, but for now, he was focusing on the Pac-12 trio.

“I’m still wide open so there is still time for other schools, but I just like those three the most right now,” said Paulo.

Washington State has somewhat of an advantage, with his older brother, Darryl, a linebacker for the Cougars.

“I talk mostly with Coach (Clay) McGuire there,” said Paulo. “He’s the one recruiting me. My brother usually stays out of it unless I ask him though.”

UCLA is also staying in steady communication with Paulo.

“Coach Angus (McClure) is who I mostly talk with and he’s real cool,” said Paulo. “I talk to Coach (Adrian) Klemm every once in a while.”

USC’s coaches have recruited Grant aggressively before, signing a couple of former Pacers when they were at Washington.

“I talk with Coach (Tim) Drevno and I like him, he’s a good guy,” said Paulo. “I’ve heard a lot about USC forever.”

Paulo said once the season concludes, he’ll take his visits and make a decision.

“I need to take my trips before I decide and I’ll do that after the year,” said Paulo. “I’m just focusing on my team and my teammates right now. They’re important to me.”

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