Red Raiders, Cowboys in hunt for Dee Paul

The hope for signing three-star athlete Dee Paul (Munday, Texas/Munday) is now a two-horse race, with Paul formally announcing his decommitment from SMU over the weekend. The question is, of the two schools –Oklahoma State and Texas Tech – which will be a better fit?

Paul, a 6-foot, 170-pound athlete with blazing speed, said he likes both schools equally but will make a decision shortly after Munday’s playoff push. The Moguls currently are fighting for a Texas Class A Division II championship.

Paul said both schools are high on his list because they are in the Big 12, a conference where he believes he can make a name for himself as an elite cornerback because of all the talent at wide receiver. Texas Tech received additional marks when they said they’d allow him to participate in track and field. Paul competes in the 300-meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump and sprint relays for Munday.

“I like Texas Tech because it’s close to home,” Paul said. “[Receivers] Coach [Sonny] Cumbie is recruiting me, and I like that they said I can run track also. The head track coach there said he wants me to run the 400 [meters] and mile relay. That’s one of the reasons why they’re my No. 1 right now.”

Oklahoma State is looked at in a similar light, but Paul said head coach Mike Gundy might be the ultimate decider. He liked the fact that Gundy kept his word in making a stop through Munday, only to offer him two weeks after the visit.

“Coach Gundy talked to me and said he liked me on film,” Paul said. “After I took my visit there, I liked everything about Stillwater. The atmosphere was great and the fans were great. I can see myself there making plays.”

Paul said he didn’t have any ill feelings toward SMU, but he said he was looking for a better opportunity in a bigger conference. Paul said playing in the Big 12 was a little more attractive than playing in the Big East.

“To be honest, I kind of like the SMU coaches more than I like any of the others,” Paul said. “I really like [head] coach [June] Jones and [assistant] coach [Jason] Phillips, but I just didn’t think that’s the place where I was going to play. I wanted to go where the game was a little bit faster.”

Paul, who plays quarterback for Munday, has thrown for 1,168 yards and 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He’s also rushed for 1,005 yards on 74 attempts and has scored 19 touchdowns. Defensively, Paul has 44 tackles, seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Paul, who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, also returns punts and kicks.