Dee Paul To Texas Tech

Dee Paul quieted fans of Baylor and Tennessee and made Texas Tech fans cheer Saturday night.

The Munday senior chose the Red Raiders as his college of choice to play football at the next level.

"When I went to UT game and how crazy the (Tech) fans were and all the support they gave the players, they just really fired me up," Paul said.

Paul says the relationship he and his family had with the school's coaches was the main factor on the decision. Also, Tech allows their athletes to compete during track and field season, a factor that Paul says weighed into his decision more than people expect.

Paul will play defensive back at the next level.

"I like just having to focus on one thing," he said. "I think it's going to be a different world, something I've never seen before, but I'm ready for the challenge."

Paul earned Class A Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. If his Munday career is the last time fans see him on offense, a look at the numbers is staggering.

During the past two seasons, he ran for 3,993 yards and 66 touchdowns, while throwing for 2,717 yards and 36 touchdowns.

He saved one of his best performances for his last, rushing for 263 yards and four touchdowns against Tenaha to help win a state championship last month.

And if Paul ever gets a little homesick next season, he's only about a two hour drive from home, another big factor in his decision.

"Whenever I need a home-cooked meal, I'll just go back to mama," he said.