Wake Forest offers defensive star

A strong showing during spring practice impressed visiting coaches who extended offers including one from the Demon Deacons. The 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back now lists 15 Division 1 offers to his credit. The out-of-state prospect talked with DeaconSports about his thoughts on the program and plans for an official visit.

"The [Wake Forest] offer came right after the spring game," said cornerback Sean Paul of Vero Beach High School. "I think it was on (May) 21st. I spoke to Coach Ray McCartney and Coach Duffie. They said they loved my film. They liked my quickness, my aggressiveness, and loved how I locked things down at cornerback.

"At first I didn't know a whole lot about Wake Forest, but I'm learning more everyday and every time I hear something new it makes me more interested in them.

"I'm not sure if I can make it there this summer because I'm going to be doing a lot of 7-on-7s with my team, but I'll probably take an official visit during the season."

Paul had 32 tackles during his junior season, two interceptions (including a 98-yard pick six against Miami Northwestern), seven pass breakups, one sack, one forced fumble, and blocked two kicks. He was named to the Sebastian-Vero Beach All-Area team and helped the Indians to a 9-2 record.

"I like playing cover-2 and man coverage the best," Paul said. "In the spring I noticed I didn't let the receivers get past me due to better footwork, making quick cuts, and playing fast. I'm attacking the ball more and making huge hits."

The ACC's Boston College has also offered Paul, as well as Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, and several other non-BCS programs. It may be late fall, however, before he makes a final decision.

"I'm probably going to wait until the end of the season," said Paul, "because I want to take all five of my official visits to find a team with a good family atmosphere. I want to play for a great group of coaches. I'd like at least the opportunity to start right away. I want to be somewhere where I'll be comfortable for four years, and where I can have a good time and enjoy the experience."

Paul says he plans to attend Florida State's main summer camp as well as Florida's and Heath Evans Foundation's 7-on-7 championship at West Palm Beach. He wears No. 5 for the Vero Beach Indians.

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