May 28, 2008

Two-way GA standout picking up more offers

Two-way Marietta (Ga.) Walton standout David Paulsen has been the beneficiary of a number of scholarship offers and college attention over the course of the Spring. On Tuesday, Paulsen picked up another offer to add to his list as he begins to break down his schools of interest.

"Today I got a Tulane offer," Paulsen said on Tuesday evening. "Maybe two weeks ago I got Army, Air Force and Western Carolina. Most have stopped by during school and watched tape and offered off that but a lot more have come through practice."

Among the other schools that have shown heavy interest are Vanderbilt, Maryland, Rutgers, Iowa and UCF. Among those, Vandy, Rutgers and Iowa stand out.

"Iowa, I have a pretty good amount of family up there and I went to a camp there last year and I got to go around and see the facilities with one of the coaches," he said. "I like the feel of the team. There's not really a pro team there so Iowa is kind of the pro team.

"Vanderbilt is really close to home. They have good academics. They play SEC football. The coaches are really cool to talk too."

Among the schools that have offered him - a list that includes Stanford, Tulsa and Miami-Ohio to the list of four recent offers - one school, stands out currently.

"Stanford actually jumps out at you," he said. "I saw the campus on their junior day. The coaches are really down to earth there. It's a young staff so you can relate to them. They play Pac-10 football so they play USC, Cal and Notre Dame every year."

Paulsen has been playing both offense and defense in the spring and has colleges looking at him at both defensive end and tight end.

"It's really a toss-up," he said. "Some schools like me as a d-end, some a tight end, some as a fullback. Rutgers is looking at me as a fullback. I think I'd rather play tight end in college. I think I have really good blocking ability to overpower people and I like to catch the ball."

This summer, Paulsen hopes to hit several campuses as he continues to learn more about the schools of interest.

"I'm going to Vanderbilt and Iowa camps and I'll be up at Georgia for their one-day and possibly some more in July that I haven't scheduled yet," he said.


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