Tight end/defensive end Will Paul, who is from St. Louis (Mo.) Parkway West has picked up three more scholarship offers to bring his total up to an even 10 schools.
“I have gotten three (offers) this week so far,” Paul said. “Ones I got this week were Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Oregon. I feel real excited.”
More offers might be coming.
“UCLA came in this week,” he said. “Toledo, might get one (offer) from LSU and probably Indiana.”
“No, they all stand out,” the 6-foot-4, 254 pound Paul said about a top five right now.
It looks like Paul will have a busy summer.
“I think I will take visits to a lot of schools (this summer),” he said. “Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and we are going to Illinois for a team camp. I will try to visit an LSU camp in late July.” Arkansas and Kansas State are not out of the question either for a summer camp visit or an unofficial visit.
“Distance doesn’t matter,” Paul said in reference to the possibility of distance being an issue.
Will Paul is being recruited to play three positions in college, tight end, defensive end and fullback.
He has strong points in all of the positions.
As a tight end or fullback: "I'm a good blocker. I can catch the ball too. I was our leading receiver, as our team is more of a run oriented, option team than a passing team."
As a defensive end: "Well, I can run down running backs. A lot of people don't expect a defensive end to run down a running back that runs a 4.5 or 4.6 (second) 40 (yard dash time), but I have open field speed and outside containment. A lot of players would run to the other side and that happened a lot."
What position do you prefer to play in college?
"Honestly, a lot of people ask me that and I just tell them wherever I can help the team the most,” Paul said. “I'm more team oriented. I know when I get to college I'm going to have to pick a position. I try to play as many positions as I can to show my ability (to play many positions)."
The 6-foot-4, 254-pound tight end/defensive end/fullback from Parkway West High School has the speed to play weakside defensive end or tight end or fullback in college. Different teams want him to play different positions.
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.
Will 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.