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Paul backs up all the talk

ANAHEIM, Calif. - There are several options on the table right now for three-star defensive end John Paul. Right now his focus is on becoming a self-appointed leader of the Florida squad's defense at this year's Air 7 CaliFlorida Bowl.
Through the first few practices there has been a lot of emotion out there on defense for the Florida team and though there are many people making noise, the 6-foot-4, 244-pound Paul has been talking and doing the walking as well.
"I guess I consider myself a team captain right now," Paul said. "I was looking around when I got here and seeing all the talent, it just seemed so quiet for all that. I'm not used to quiet people. I had to knock a couple people around and get things pumped up."
"The key to a team is all about defense because that's what wins championships. We've got an offense line that is one of the best I've ever seen, but we've got to set the tone."
Setting the tone seems to be the theme all the way around on defense. So far, Paul has been in the backfield on a lot of team drills and letting people know about it when he gets there.
As far as off the field, recruiting will pick up after he returns from the all-star game.
"We're getting those visits set up right now," Paul said. "I'm going to visit Miami, I've been to Florida before so we'll see if I go on an official there, and Florida State will be another one. All of those teams are based on defense, so that's what I'm looking at right now."
One thing that has helped Paul both in recruiting and in his high school career is his confidence. That continues to run strong.
"I can play anybody and that's my attitude," Paul said. "I want people to look at me that way and put the pressure on me to get it done."
Paul is rated as the No. 38 overall prospect in Florida.