Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Paul commit No. 7 for Florida
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators picked up commitment No. 7 on Monday night as offensive guard Joseph Paul (New Orleans, La./Saint Augustine) gave his pledge to Florida head coach Will Muschamp.
Paul chose Florida over offers from Oklahoma, Florida State, Texas and Texas A&M.
The 6-foot-4, 340-pound interior lineman said he just felt at home when he visted Florida this past weekend.
"I prayed and I asked God to give me a sign and when I woke up this morning I was thinking about Florida and I took that as my sign," Paul said. "I felt real good when I went there -- it felt like home."
Paul said that Muschamp was excited to learn of his commitment to the Gators.
"He was real excited," Paul said. "He was happy for me to be apart of the program. He told me that there was a big opportunity when I get there. He was just real excited for me to get there."
Being from New Orleans, Florida fans might be concerned that LSU might make a push, but Paul said Gators fans need not worry.
"If LSU offered, that wouldn't change my mind," Paul said. "My father taught me to be a man of my word and to stick to my word and that's what I'm going to do. I gave Florida my word and that's where I'm going to go."
So what kind of player can Florida fans expect from the massive lineman?
"They are going to get a player that works hard," he said. "A guy that's going to the best he can do to help that team win. If the opportunity comes for me to play early then I'm going to work my tail off and do the best I can in everything and strive to be the best I can be with everything I do."
Paul joins offensive guard Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines) and Benjamin Knox (DeLand, Fla./DeLand) as Florida offensive line commits.