Sunday, January 13, 2013
ATH Dee Paul makes late-night decision
By Damon Sayles
How important was being a two-sport athlete in college to Dee Paul (Munday, Texas/Munday)? Quite.
“Very, very, very important,” Paul said. “It’s a lot more important than people thought it’d be. Track is definitely something I want to excel at.”
Because of that, some schools on Paul’s list were sent to the back of the line. Texas Tech, however, was able to win him over in football and track, and the 6-foot, 170-pound, three-star athlete chose the Red Raiders late Saturday.
Recruited by inside receivers coach Sonny Cumbie, Paul chose Texas Tech over offers from Oklahoma State, Baylor, SMU and Tennessee. He became the Red Raiders’ 12th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.
“I feel like it was a really great decision. I feel relieved it’s all over,” said Paul, who led Munday to a Texas Class A Division II state title last month. “It was the relationship with the coaches. When I went down for a visit, it felt like a home visit.
“A lot of kids from Munday go to Tech. Me being from West Texas, that’s a great fit. All that put into one really did it for me.”
Paul, who will take his official visit to Lubbock, Texas, on Jan. 25, scored 125 total touchdowns for his career and shined as Munday’s quarterback this year. Paul also played defense, and he’s expected to play cornerback for the Red Raiders.
“That’s what I wanted to play,” he said. “At first, they [Texas Tech] were recruiting me as wide receiver, but I like locking guys down and also returning kicks.”
In addition to being a star football player, Paul also excelled in multiple track and field events. He competes in the long jump, triple jump, mile relay, sprint relay and 300-meter hurdles. He’s the defending Texas Class A state 300 hurdles and long jump champion, and he’s looking to compete in the 400 hurdles and mile relay in college.