Monday, April 20, 2009
Sources: Paulus plans Orange visit
By Christopher Lawlor ESPN.com
Greg Paulus, who has aspirations of becoming a college quarterback now that he's concluded his four-year basketball career as Duke's point guard last month, expects to visit Syracuse as early as this weekend, sources familiar with the situation said Monday.
Paulus, a former Syracuse two-sport high school All-American, was a prolific passer at Christian Brothers Academy, near Syracuse. He visited Michigan last week also worked out for the Green Bay Packers recently. Paulus is attempting to squeeze in a few more pro auditions but appears headed the college route.
Since Paulus did not redshirt for the Duke basketball team, he has one year of eligibility remaining in another sport. And since he will complete his degree in four years, he can go to graduate school elsewhere and compete immediately if granted a special waiver from the NCAA.
He has not ruled out playing professional basketball abroad but is still intrigued with football. Syracuse University is located minutes from his boyhood home in suburban Manlius, N.Y.
Paulus must complete his coursework at Duke. He will attend the Blue Devils basketball banquet on Friday.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Paulus threw for 11,763 yards and 152 touchdowns in high school. If Syracuse becomes his second college destination, Paulus is considering studying for a master's degree in communications.
First-year Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, an offensive savant, returned to his alma mater in January after a successful three-year stint as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints. Last season the Saints led the NFL in total offense (410.7 yards per game) and passing offense (311.1 yards), spearheaded by All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees.
In contrast, an anemic Orange offense struggled to gain yardage through its passing attack, accounting for only 121.5 yards per game while opponents threw for 225.1 yards per game. Ryan Nassib, a redshirt freshman from Malvern, Pa., was named the team's starting quarterback during the spring sessions, supplanting senior Cameron Dantley.
Christopher Lawlor covers high schools for ESPN.com.