Paul already held offers from Wake Forest, Boston College, Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, and UCF among others, and he was also a major priority for Doeren at Northern Illinois.
In fact, Doeren and assistant Richard McNutt, who has joined him at NC State, had already hosted Paul on an official visit at NIU prior to leaving for NC State.
"That was one of the visits I had already taken, so I was definitely serious about Northern Illinois," said Paul. "I've visited Wake Forest and Northern Illinois, and now I've picked up offers from NC State and Kentucky, plus Louisville was the first school to offer me."
Paul said that after taking over at NC State Doeren reached out to him regarding a scholarship with the Wolfpack.
"We talked a few weeks ago for the first time with him at NC State," Paul stated. "I was looking at them hard before when they were at Northern Illinois because they had picked up two of our players last year.
"Plus, I like both [coach Doeren and coach McNutt]. They are straight up with you, and I know you can trust them. Coach Doeren has a great relationship with my head coach so I know I'll be comfortable with them. Now with them being at NC State, that is an even bigger impact."
Paul, who checks in at 6-foot and 180 pounds, says he has been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. He finished his senior year with approximately 50 tackles, four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for Vero Beach High School.
"I think I can play in any scheme," said Paul. "I can play man, but I'm a good zone player too. I think I can provide a lot for whatever school that I end up at."
As of now, three programs lead for Paul's services.
"Right now my top three is NC State, Wake Forest, and Louisville," he said. "Louisville was the first school to offer me a scholarship, and I have a great relationship with the coaches... I have throughout the process.
"At Wake Forest, I've already visited and checked out the place. The academics are really good, and I know that I get along with their players. I felt comfortable there.
"With NC State, I have a great relationship with the coaches, and I know they are about to start something good. That would be a good program to go to."
Paul indicated that he has a leader, but declined to name the school at this time. He has one visit scheduled and could take others, but didn't rule out the possibility of making a decision after his next visit.
"I plan on taking a visit to NC State on January 11th," he said. "That is the only one I have scheduled or sure right now, but I have two left that I can take.
"After I take that visit I will evaluate it all... go from there."
Fully qualified with a 3.5 GPA, Paul plans on majoring in Business in college.