September 11, 2008

End set to visit NOLA for ECU game

Tulane has been in the ears of David Paulsen for quite some time. Now, his eyes get a chance to see what all the talk is about.

The three-star defensive end out of Marietta, Ga. will visit Tulane this weekend and see if uptown New Orleans is the right place for him.

"I've never actually seen Tulane before, so this is big first impression for me," Paulsen said. "I get to go to the campus, meet the coaches and hopefully have a sit-down with Coach Toledo. It should be a really informative trip."

Paulsen is one of many recruits expected to be in attendance on Saturday. While the typical spectator will just be watching the game, Paulsen is going to be comparing Tulane to a crop of schools that includes Vanderbilt, Miami (OH), Oklahoma State, Duke and Georgia.

But the game only holds a fraction of importance. His decision will be based on the overall feel of the school and the program.

"I'm really just wanting to be somewhere I can enjoy living," Paulsen said. "I'm looking for a place where I can be happy for four years living and a place I can get back and forth from pretty easily. New Orleans isn't too far from Atlanta, so we will see what happens."

As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 236-pounder racked up 76 tackles, six sacks and displayed aggressiveness similar to the Wave's current bookends, Adam Kwentua and Reggie Scott who terrorized Alabama last weekend.

Paulsen had a chance to listen to some of the broadcast over the internet and was impressed with the way Tulane performed against the Crimson Tide in a 20-6 loss. But the real chance for Tulane to impress Paulsen does not come over the airwaves, it comes in person

With a strong performance on Saturday afternoon against No. 14 East Carolina in the Superdome, the Wave has a chance to differentiate itself from the pack of Paulsen suitors.

"I'm excited to see what's going on down there," Paulsen said. "I want to see the academic side of things, and my parents will be with me, so anything I don't catch, they certainly will. The game should be a lot of fun, and I'm interested to see what Tulane has."

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