Football Recruiting Roundup
One of the biggest recruiting mysteries of the year was finally solved earlier this week.
Rumors had been circulating lately that Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.) senior quarterback Greg Paulus hadn't signed his letter of intent to play hoops at Duke during the early-signing period last month and was considering playing on both the court and the gridiron at another school.
Turns out that's not the case.
Paulus, who's rated the No. 2 quarterback and No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, announced at a press conference on Monday that he had already signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Duke.
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Paulus signed his letter of intent back on Nov. 16, but he and Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to keep it a secret so Paulus could focus on leading his football team in the playoffs.
Paulus guided Christian Brothers, which is ranked No. 14 in the SchoolSports.com National Football Top 25, to the Class AA state title a couple weeks ago. And with football season finally over, he decided it was time to confirm his college plans and put those rumors to bed.
While Duke isn't known for its football exploits, it remains to be seen whether Paulus will decide to lace up his football cleats in the future for the Blue Devils.
ACC You Next Year
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) senior defensive back Michael Ray Garvin is the latest big-time Division I prospect to play for the Ironmen, following in the footsteps of current Boston College freshman linebacker Brian Toal, who was named the Big East Rookie of the Year this season.
It looks like Garvin will join his ex-teammate in the ACC next fall after he committed to Florida State on Monday over Boston College, Georgia and Oklahoma.
The 5-foot-8, 178-pound Garvin is rated the No. 4 defensive back and No. 36 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. Garvin, who is considered one of the fastest players in the nation, ran for 1,534 yards and scored 34 total touchdowns this season while intercepting three passes on defense.
He will play defensive back in college and will likely be used on returns because of his speed.
More Recruiting News
Oak Creek (Oak Creek, Wis.) senior linebacker Travis Beckum committed to Wisconsin on Monday over Oklahoma, Tennessee and Miami.
Beckum, who is rated the No. 6 linebacker and No. 41 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, was reportedly going to announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 15. But he decided he had already made his decision on Wisconsin, whose campus is 90 minutes from Beckum's house.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder was named the Associated Press State Player of the Year after he recorded 38 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, seven interceptions, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and four blocked kicks this fall. He also caught 22 passes for 506 yards. …
Pflugerville (Pflugerville, Texas) senior quarterback/wide receiver Todd Walker de-committed from Georgia Tech earlier this week and pledged to Texas Tech. Walker is rated the No. 9 athlete and No. 99 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. …
Harding (Fort Wayne, Ind.) senior wide receiver Selwyn Lymon committed to Purdue on Monday over Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder played quarterback and wide receiver this fall and passed for 930 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 17 passes for 350 yards and nine scores. As a junior, he led Harding to the Class 2A state title by making 47 receptions for 1,134 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He's likely to crack the SchoolSports.com Top 100 recruits in the Class of 2005 before all is said and done. …
Hemet (Hemet, Calif.) senior quarterback Brandis Dew committed to UTEP earlier this week over UCLA, LSU, Colorado and Duke. Dew is rated the No. 20 quarterback in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. …
Tennessee received a commitment earlier this week from Germantown (Germantown, Tenn.) senior tight end Jeff Cottam. Cottam, who is the younger brother of Tennessee tight end Brad Cottam, was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year this season.