The list of schools that have offered top Missouri player, Will Paul, has now reached 19 major football teams. The list includes teams from all over the country now: Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Oregon, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Arkansas State, Iowa State, Lousiana State, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Clemson.
He does not have a top five yet, but he does have a tentative top eight list. His top eight are Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oregon, Michigan State, Louisiana State, UCLA and Clemson.
"It has got to be great," Paul said about the total list and the six new offers. "The Clemson one was out of the blue." He had not been getting too much mail from Clemson, but the written offer from them came today.
All of the 19 schools and others continue to send mail. Most called him during the month of May, but seven schools are recruiting him the most at this time.
"Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa, Mizzou, Illinois, Iowa State and LSU," Paul said. "They are sending me the most mail right now that have offered."
Who do you think might still offer you?
"I think Ohio State will, hoping Michigan will, hoping Penn State will, and hoping Oklahoma will," the 6-foot-4, 254 pound tight end from St. Louis (Mo.) Parkway West said. "They all sounded like they had interest from the letters they sent me. We talked over the phone over the past month."
He and his mother will be quite busy over the next 30 days.
They plan on making unofficial visits to Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State, Clemson and Arkansas. They have already seen Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois.
Paul has a 40-yard dash time of 4.59 seconds and he possesses good strength too. His maximum bench press is 320 pounds and his maximum squat is 540 pounds.
Paul’s statistics have to be categorized into four areas of play.
While playing tight end he ended up with 289 yards on 25 receptions, four touchdowns.
He added another 155 yards on 29 carries and three more touchdowns while playing fullback.
He averaged “about 37 or 38 yards” per punt last season.
On defense he had 60 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and five sacks last season. As a sophomore while playing linebacker, he ended up with 120 tackles (76 being solo tackles).
He was named first team all-conference for three positions, tight end, defensive end and punter as a junior. He made all-metro as a tight end. One publication has him rated as one of the top juniors in the St. Louis area for this coming season.