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January 9, 2013

Paul knows his decision

Dee Paul said early Wednesday that he has made his commitment decision between Baylor, Texas Tech and Tennessee and will make it public Saturday.

The Munday athlete, who is being recruited as a cornerback by all three programs, is expected to announce at 10:00 p.m. central standard time on the Wichita Falls (TX) NBC television affliate. None of the three coaching staffs know his decision, he said.

Paul's recruiting erupted in December after he de-committed from SMU in November. Baylor and Tennessee joined the recruiting process that month and were quick to offer. A three-star athlete, Paul will only take an official visit to the school he chooses. For now, the plan is that he is scheduled to visit Baylor Jan. 18 and Texas Tech on Jan. 25. He said he does not have scheduled visit to Tennessee planned.

Last month, Paul (6-0, 170) led Munday to the Class A Division II state championship. Munday (15-0) defeated Tenaha, 42-14. He rushed for 263 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 60, 57 and 55 yards.

Nonetheless, running track in college is of primary importance to him, which is why Oklahoma State fell out of the running. He said the Cowboys coaching staff wouldn't let him participate in track. He's a multiple Class A state champion in the hurdles in the 300 hurdles and runs a leg in the 4x400 and 4x100 relays and performs in the long jump. His most recent time in the 40 in the 4.48 seconds.

The prospect provides a snapshot breakdown of the three finalists in alphabetical order:

Baylor: "They were a little late in the game, but that doesn't matter. I really like their program.''

Tennessee: "I've really enjoyed getting to know the new coaches over there.''

Texas Tech: "They want me really bad. I like their coaches.''

Of course, Tennessee and Texas Tech went through coaching changes. Butch Jones moved from Cincinnati to Knoxville. Former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury came back home to take over after serving as Texas A&M's offensive coordinator.

Whoever lands this talent will have a raw but potential breakout star.

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