Despite a stellar senior season for Chapin High 2011 running back/cornerback prospect Jalen Pauling didn't have the offers other top prospects held. So after doing some research and soul searching the 5'10 180 pound prospect found an avenue that he feels may be the perfect fit to help him achieve his dream of playing college football.
"I'm going to play for the Greenville Titans. I loved the coaching staff, they couldn't be any better. They have great athletes, I like the fact that it's a start up Juco, and I felt like it was a great opportunity to get exposure that I missed my senior year."
During his senior season at Chapin Pauling says he had 1,153 all-purpose yards, (9.2 yards per carry), 8 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 10 pass break ups, and 59 tackles.
His last home game he says proved to be his best game as a senior.
"The last game of the regular season against Greer I had 153 all purpose yards. I had 7 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown. I also had a 38 yard touchdown reception which gave me two scores for the game. On defense I had 2 pass breakups and 8 tackles. The reason it was so memorable was because it was senior night and it meant a lot for me to play one of my best games of the season in my last home game at Chapin and to end the regular season with a win."
Pauling says a trio of schools were in the mix during his senior season.
The Chapin standout says he'll primarily play running back for the Titans and he talked about what his plans are academically as well.
"I will be taking classes at Greenville Technical College. Hopefully I put up enough numbers to grab major attention my first year."
Pauling says his strengths and abilities afforded him to often be compared to a dynamic player from the SEC and it's something he hopes to continue to hear from peers and college coaches.
"My speed, having the ability to make big plays in space, and being versatile. I was a lot of times compared to Dexter McCluster and I take that as a huge honor. I'm looking forward to my college career to prove those people right who've made those comparisons."
Run blocking is one big area that Pauling says he'll continue to work on improving while with the Titans' staff. He also shared with us the schools he's hoping to hear more from during his time in Greenville.
SCPrepNation.com will keep close tabs on Pauling once he gets to Greenville and starts play with the Titans so stay tuned.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JALEN PAULING
Bench press: 285 pounds
Squat: 435 pounds
Power clean: 265 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.33 seconds
20 yard shuttle: 4.09 seconds