Antoine Paul of Ontario (Calif.) entered The Opening Regional in Los Angeles on March 12 as a relative unknown among the running back group – a star-studded group that was spearheaded by the likes of Toa Taua, Kazmeir Allen, Charles Mincy and Chuck Wick.
Paul left the El Camino College field with not only a blazing 40-yard dash time that wowed the volunteer coaches at the camp, but now, he has San Diego State interested.
The 5-foot-8, 160-pound back accelerated his way to a 4.59 40 time, making him one of eight competitors to reach below the 4.6 plateau at the invite-only event. He tells Scout he’s drawn interest from the Aztecs in recent days and is visiting the Mountain West Conference champions during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Additionally, he has some of his club coaches on Explosive Athletic Training (EAT) comparing him to a recent Aztec legend: Donnel Pumphrey, who became the NCAA’s All-Time leading rusher this past season.
“I became a confident player (at The Opening) because I went up against better competition,” Paul told Scout. “I have a great level of excitement for visiting SDSU.”
Paul describes his game as “elusive and fast” and rumbled his way to 1,250 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Jaguars. He added 18 catches for 335 yards and four touchdowns through the air.
Paul, who holds a 3.2 grade point average off the field, says Arizona is another school talking to him.