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
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
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.
Another commit to the 2013 recruiting class on Saturday, RaiderPower.com's Scott Fitzgerald caught up with a newly committed recruit in Dee Paul.
Another commit to the 2013 recruiting class on Saturday, RaiderPower.com's Scott Fitzgerald caught u