While the Red Raider football fan base waited anxiously to hear the announcement that Dee Paul, the athlete from Munday, TX had committed to Texas Tech via a Wichita Falls television station, there was no drama on the side of Paul.
"I visited Tech for the Texas game in October, and made my decision to attend Texas Tech back in November. I just wanted to keep it quiet to concentrate on the Moguls."
Paul's attention was focused precisely on that. He led Munday to the 1A Division II state championship by accounting for over 60 offensive, defensive and special teams touchdowns.
"It was a special year," said Paul." Seventeen of us have gone to school together since kindergarten and they told us when we were young that if we stayed together that we could win a state championship and we got it done."
The Mundy Moguls lost last year in the state championship game to future teammate Reginald Davis' Tenaha team, which was the driving force for Paul and the Moguls this season.
"As soon as the state game last year was over, we were focused on winning it this year."
Paul's recruitment dates back to last January and he's excited to get his college journey started.
"I'm excited to be a Red Raider," said Paul. "I'm going to come in and work really hard."
Paul will shift his focus to the defensive side of the ball when he reports to Texas Tech, where he projects as a CB. And with 4 seniors departing the Red Raider secondary, the opportunity to play early presents itself. His 6'0'' frame and long wingspan are conducive to covering taller receivers that he will face in the Big 12.
Playing quarterback in high school should also adjust the learning curve to college for Paul. "I know how to play quarterback, and as a defensive back, if I read a QB's hips, I'll have a good idea what he's going to do with the ball."
Paul was is currently being recruited by Kevin Curtis, the cornerbacks coach, who contacted Paul shortly after the coaching change.
"He called me and we really hit it off," said Paul. "I feel already have a good relationship with him."
Paul will sign on February 6 with Texas Tech and will make his official visit on January 25. Before reporting to Texas Tech after graduation, he'll attempt a remarkable feat in track and field; (Paul also plans to run track at Tech.) competing this season in the long jump, high jump, sprint relay, mile relay and 300 hurdles. Paul is a candidate to medal in all events and is the defending state champion in the long jump and the 300 hurdles, which he has won for 3 straight years. The goal this year in the 300H is the state record?
"The state record is a 37.4," said Paul. "Last year, I ran a 37.5 at state and I caught one of the hurdles and nearly fell."
Another indication that there's a lot of speed on the way to Raiderland.