Big Ten should see a lot of Paulus this fall

May, 14, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Greg Paulus isn't going to play football for Michigan -- that ship sailed soon after the former Duke point guard visited Ann Arbor -- but the Big Ten should see a lot of the soon-to-be Syracuse quarterback this fall.

Syracuse plays its first three games of the season against Big Ten foes, opening Sept. 5 against Minnesota before visiting Penn State Sept. 12 and then hosting Northwestern on Sept. 19. If Paulus wins the starting job with the Orange, he could create some scouting headaches for Big Ten coaches.

No one has seen him play football since he starred as a quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y. Paulus reiterated Thursday that playing football was not in his mind until after the Duke basketball season concluded. He also said he had received no guarantees about a starting job with the Orange, though he's not heading back to his hometown to ride the bench.

Paulus ended up visiting three schools -- Michigan, Nebraska and Syracuse -- and received interest from "around two dozen" others. Though Michigan was his first stop, Paulus' choice came down to Nebraska and Syracuse.

"I did take a look at Michigan and I had a good visit there," Paulus said Thursday. "But when I came down to it and I looked at a few other schools, I just thought that Syracuse was best for me."

Michigan could still add another quarterback to the mix as Jason Forcier, the older brother of Wolverines freshman quarterback Tate Forcier, is interested in attending graduate school in Ann Arbor and possibly joining the football team. Jason Forcier started his college career at Michigan before transferring to Stanford.

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