UF nabs commitment from O-lineman


Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:17 p.m.

One visit was all it took for Joseph Paul.

The 2014 offensive lineman from New Orleans St. Augustine verbally committed to Florida on Tuesday night following his first trip to Gainesville over the weekend. He is the seventh member of the Gators' 2014 class.




Paul credited UF tight ends coach Derek Lewis and sophomore left tackle D.J. Humphries for leading him to his decision.

“The coaches made me feel at home, especially coach Lewis. I've known him since my ninth-grade year and he graduated from high school (at) St. Augustine. And then D.J. Humphries treated me like a big brother. He showed me the ropes to the whole program,” said Paul, who chose the Gators over Florida State, Texas and Texas A&M, among other offers.

The 6-foot-4, 340-pounder has his sights set on two things in college — early playing time and a crystal ball.

“I'm going to work hard at everything I do,” he said, “so I can have an opportunity to play right away and bring a championship back to Gainesville.”

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