<
>
Insider

Dee Paul talks in-home visits, playoffs

12/11/2012

Speedy three-star athlete Dee Paul (Munday, Texas/Munday) has his sights set on a Texas Class A Division II state championship in two weeks. Munday is undefeated through 13 games, and a win against fellow undefeated Wellington (Texas) would put Paul in the title game.

That, and not recruiting, is Paul’s primary focus. The 6-foot, 170-pound athlete, however, did take time out on Monday and Tuesday to host Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, respectively, on in-home visits. Texas Tech receivers coach Sonny Cumbie visited Paul on Tuesday. Oklahoma State secondary coach Jason Jones visited on Monday.

Paul said Cumbie’s visit was refreshing and answered a lot of questions. Texas Tech currently is without a head coach, as Tommy Tuberville left to take the vacated position at Cincinnati.

“[Cumbie] just said that he’s still hoping to be on the coaching staff, and he said Texas Tech is a great place,” Paul said. “He said it’d be a great place to go to school.

“To me, regardless of who’s coaching, I’ve still got to do what I do and help the team win games. I’d rather a coach leave after a season than to leave during a season.”

Paul, who recently decommitted from SMU, said the visit was Oklahoma State was just as productive. He got to know Jones better, and he got a better feel for the program.

“I like Coach Jones a lot. He’s a smooth guy,” Paul said. “The conversation was good. He talked about life a lot and being a better person and player. He also talked about family a lot. I really liked that.

“I really like Oklahoma State and Texas Tech a lot. I’ve got a really tough decision coming.”

Paul said he’s looking at the two schools for a final destination, but SMU is still in the mix as well. Where he’ll go, however, will have to wait until after Munday’s season concludes -- a season Paul’s hoping will end with a state championship.

“I’ll make a decision after the season,” he said. “Right now, the spotlight is on the Munday Moguls, not Dee Paul.”

Through 13 games, Paul, who plays quarterback for Munday, has thrown for 1,521 yards, 22 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing with 1,509 yards and 27 touchdowns, one of those coming on a 96-yard run. Paul has been clocked in the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.