Friday, April 24, 2009

ESPN: Paulus headed to Syracuse

Greg Paulus will go home to play college football, according to ESPN.

Paulus, who tore up the New York State prep record books as a quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, will suit up for the Orange in the fall.

Paulus will need a waiver from the NCAA to transfer from Duke, but if Taylor Bennett can go from Georgia Tech to Louisiana Tech without a one-year wait, so can the former point guard.

Syracuse went 3-9 in 2008 and fired coach Greg Robinson. (Side note: Robinson, who unsuccessfully recruited Paulus to Syracuse out of high school, is Michigan's new defensive coordinator. Hence, the connection between Paulus and the previous dalliance with the Wolverines).

First-year Orange coach Doug Marrone named redshirt freshman Ryan Nassib the starter in spring practice but will apparently give Paulus a shot.

From a football standpoint, Syracuse — and Marrone's pro-style offense — makes a thousand times more sense for Paulus than Michigan, which runs the spread option. If Paulus' intended goal is to play professional football, this will, in theory, give him a better chance.

-- J.P. Giglio