And after taking his official visit to UCLA this past weekend, Paulsen finally ended his recruitment by committing to the hometown school.
"I kind of knew I was going to commit this weekend, but I wanted to use the trip to calm any worries I had," said Paulsen. "It was a real good trip and I knew it was time to committ."
Paulsen was hosted by former Chaminade teammate Marcus Everett, a freshman receiver with the Bruins, and having Everett host him was something Paulsen appreciated.
"Marcus and I are good friends, so it was cool to have him be my host. We've talked a lot about UCLA too."
Paulsen had narrowed it down to Stanford, Duke and Oregon, with Duke seemingly the toughest competition for UCLA, but in the end, the idea of staying close to home was enough to pull the Bruins ahead.
"Getting to be in California was important for me and my family," said Paulsen.
While at the UCLA-USC game, Paulsen said the atmosphere at the Rose Bowl was unlike anything he had witnessed in his previous attendance at game.
"The crowd was really into it and it was loud. They are building something there and it would be great to be a part of it. I talked with some of the other (uncommitted) recruits and they all seemed to really like it," said Paulsen.
While he will come in as a tight end, Paulsen realizes his versatility could prompt a move to the defensive side of the ball.
"I guess thats a good thing that I could play a variety of positions."
Paulsen has a 3.5 GPA and an 1180 SAT, easily qualifying him for UCLA.