December 12, 2012

Still interested in Tech?

Munday (Texas) athlete Dee Paul and his team are deep into the Texas class 1A playoffs and have advanced to the next round to take on Wellington (Texas) this Friday, a team they beat 62-22 last season in the state semifinals.

Paul, who put on quite the show in last week's blowout win over Albany (Texas), will try to duplicate his performance to help Munday get one step closer to playing for the state championship.

"Last game, we played a team that we already played this year so they knew what we were going to do and everything. We wanted to go out there and dominated and that's what we did," Paul said. "I ended the night with five rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and 315 rushing yards on 15 carries, so we did pretty good. The score ended up being 55-13."

With the recent coaching upheaval in the South Plains, Sonny Cumbie, Tech's inside receiver's coach, made it a point to stop by for an in-home with Paul on Tuesday.

"It went pretty good. We didn't talk about the coaching staff much yet," Paul said of his conversation with Cumbie. "I told him when he got there, regardless of who's coaching, I have to do what I do regardless. I have to go there and compete for a spot to make the team better regardless of who the coach is, so we didn't talk about that too much. We talked about Tech and how Lubbock is a great place to be, we talked about becoming a better person and being a man."

Cumbie has also served as Paul's main recruiting coordinator for quite some time now. In fact, Cumbie and Tech were the first school to show interest in Paul nearly a year ago after they noticed him in the state championship game while watching 2012 commit and current Red Raider Reginald Davis.

Given the current coaching situation, the prospect says it would be great to see his recruiting coordinator remain on staff in Lubbock.

"I think it would help me out a lot because we have a really great relationship," Paul said about the new regime retaining Cumbie. "He still hopes to be at Tech, he hasn't really told me. He still thinks Texas Tech is the place for me and he still thinks it's a great place."

A big thing that could factor into Paul's decision is if he is allowed to run track at the next level. While Oklahoma State has not even mentioned the thought to him, Paul says he is in constant contact with Red Raider track coach Wes Kittley.

"It's weighing in a lot," he said. "Track is still definitely something I want to do because I really love to run. Coach Kittley and I have just talked about his expectations for me and he thinks I could be an All-American my freshman year, which is good."

By now, it's not much of a secret Texas A&M's Kliff Kingsbury and Clemson's Chad Morris are thought to be the two front runners for the vacant Tech head football coaching position. While Paul wasn't directly familiar with either coach, he knows what each candidate could bring to the table for the Red Raiders and would play for both Kingsbury and Morris if either was offered the job.

"I just know that they can't go wrong with either coach because both of them bring in really, really great high flying offenses. They're good with recruiting too and that's just going to help the team out," he said. "Cumbie said hopefully they'll be able to make a decision on a coach by Thursday and he'll let me know as soon as possible. Right now, I'm not taking any visits anywhere until after our football season."

With a win on Friday, Munday would advance to the class 1A championship -- where they lost last season -- in a possible rematch with Tenaha (Texas).

Paul plans to make his decision sometime in early January.

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