Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln athlete Brandon Paul knows which five official visits he will take and currently has two Southeastern Conference programs tied at the top with the hometown program in a good position as well.
"It's Florida and Tennessee tied at the top," Paul said. "I'm interested in Florida, Tennessee and Florida State."
The 5-foot-10, 178-pound Rivals250 member added that while the Gators and Vols, along with the Seminoles stand out, he plans to visit LSU (on the weekend of Jan. 19) and Auburn in addition to those three programs officially.
He will announce his final decision on National Signing Day.
Most project the speedy Paul to play cornerback at the next level, but the Gators hope to use him on the offensive side of the ball. That, along with the Florida coaching staff, has UF tied at the top.
" I get along with the (Florida) coaches real well and I fit right into their offense," Paul said.
He currently does not have a date scheduled for his official visit to Gainesville.
The general atmosphere surrounding Tennessee football has the Vols strongly in the mix.
"It's a nice place to be," he said. "It's a football town. That's a major thing up there is football and basketball. The people and the coaches up there really care about you."
Paul is scheduled to visit Tennessee officially on the weekend of Jan. 12. His high school teammate, safety DeShaun Barnes, already is committed to the Vols.
He sees an opportunity for immediate playing time at Florida State.
"It's right here in town," he said. "I feel they need some help and I'm trying to get on the field as fast as I can."
His official visit to Tallahassee is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 26, the final official visitor weekend of the recruiting cycle. The Seminoles typically land a high percentage of the recruits they bring in during that weekend.
Paul also holds scholarship offers from Miami (Fla.), UCLA and Illinois, among others.
Paul also is a track standout. He competes in the 100 and 200-meter dash and sometimes runs the 4x100-meter relay and the 400. He currently is a four-star rated prospect and the nation's No. 9 athlete.