Duncan: Paul looks headed to Texas Tech

Zach Duncan
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RIGHT: Munday's Dee Paul is expected to announce he will be committing to Texas Tech tonight.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News RIGHT: Munday's Dee Paul is expected to announce he will be committing to Texas Tech tonight.

Munday has been a trendy destination for college football coaches lately.

In the past week with assistants in tow, Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury, Baylor's Art Briles and Tennessee's Butch Jones have paid the small town a visit.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know Dee Paul is the reason why.

"It feels good to be wanted that much," said Paul, who will announce his decision on air tonight at the 10 o'clock KFDX broadcast.

There's a reason why those three schools are knocking on Dee Paul's door. Only seven players in Texas high school football history found the end zone more than the 125 times Paul did.

It's a really good bet Paul will choose Texas Tech tonight. Of the three schools, Tech is the only one he has visited in person and they were first to the table.

Ever since he decommitted from SMU, I've thought the Red Raiders would be Paul's choice.

Maybe it's because on multiple occasions he has talked about having a good relationship with Tech assistant Sonny Cumbie, who is Paul's recruiter.

I watched Paul and his family spend a good deal of time talking to a Tech representative after the Hamlin playoff game. And when Tommy Tuberville bolted to Cincinnati, Paul didn't seem phased by a coaching change when I discussed it with him a few days later.

When I talked to Paul Thursday night, he gave me reasonable answers to suggest why he might pick a different school.

Even though Baylor and Tennessee didn't offer until mid-December, Paul said the Bears always had an eye on him. And the Vols underwent a coaching change, as Jones replaced Derek Dooley.

But if you were deciding on where to spend the next four years of your life, wouldn't you want to see the campus first?

"If I do choose Tennessee or Baylor, it will be because of the relationship with the coaches," Paul said. "It's Division I football — everything is going to be nice. And I've looked a lot of that stuff up."

That's a good point. And Paul is a smart kid. He could have switched allegiances in season, but he recognized the spotlight would have shifted away from the Moguls, who were in the middle of a state title run.

"I just wanted to focus on a state championship and bringing a title here to my hometown," Paul said.

While he admits he committed to the Mustangs too early, Paul said he has enjoyed the recruiting process and "built really good relationships with these coaches."

I asked him when he got a good feeling of where he wanted to go.

"Within the last week, last Friday," he said. "That's when I thought it was time to make a decision."

Friday happened to be the day Kingsbury, new defensive backs coach Kevin Curtis and other Tech assistants came by to make one final push.

Paul was just named to the MaxPreps 2012 Small Schools All-American Football Team. That's quite an accomplishment.

But a more important matter will take place tonight. And you can bet it will make a lot of folks in Lubbock excited.

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