Paul will take visits but says he’s solid with UF

Paul plans to take all five of his official visits, but he says his commitment to UF is solid. (Photo by Chris Granger/

Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis stopped by St. Augustine High School in New Orleans on Tuesday to see UF lineman commit Joseph Paul.

The 6-foot-4, 340-pounder was offered by the Gators in February and took an unofficial visit to Gainesville on March 16.

Three days later, Paul pulled the trigger.

“I just loved everything about Florida,” he said. “I can’t wait to get down there again.”

Paul spoke to UF tight ends coach Derek Lewis, his primary recruiter, on Monday and then chatted with Davis shortly after his visit Tuesday.

“They were just saying they’re happy I’m a Gator and coach Davis told me he liked what he saw from me,” Paul said.

Miami also came by his school Tuesday and Paul expects more colleges to do so throughout the evaluation period. Although coaches are still recruiting him and he wants to go on visits, Paul insisted his pledge to UF is solid.

“Florida was the first school to show me love and I’m going to stay loyal to them for that,” he said. “Plus that’s the place I want to play. I just want to take some trips so I can enjoy that part of the process.”

In addition to Florida, Paul plans to take officials to Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.


  1. Great news!!! As a Gator fan that lives here in Baton Rouge, which is roughly an hour away from New Orleans, this is a huge get. Trust you me though that lsu will hear of this & will put the full court press on. They hate for anyone to take Louisiana products but 2 schools that they ESPECIALLY hate to take them are Bama & Florida. I’m glad to hear that he’s loyal to UF but it’s still way too early. Seems like a great young man to stick to his word though. Glad he’s a Gator!!! GO GATORS!!!!

  2. Although I am a Gator and naturally “a little bias,” I’d recommend visiting other programs to all recruits who have the opportunity – BUT NOT JUST ANY PROGRAM. Too many kids secretly decide on a program (or are down to a 2 school race) and will waste their visits on other FBS D1-A programs (often in the same conference) for leisure vs. visiting smaller FBS or FCS (D2 and D3) programs that they may transfer to in a worst case scenario. It seems the current backup plan/trend is to follow a familiar name/coach instead of all the reasons they cite for making their original choice. My advice: visit the smaller schools that can help you develop and achieve your academic and athletic goals, and keep their contact information, JUST IN CASE. – Go Gators!