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2021 LB Chris Paul Jr. Feels Family Vibe During Visit to Nebraska

November 18, 2019

Despite an 11 a.m. kickoff, the Huskers hosted several important targets for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 recruiting classes. That included several out of state targets from future classes. Georgia, for example, continues to be a focal point for Nebraska’s recruiting efforts. That was shown again by having 2021 3-star (HV Rating: 85.3) linebacker Chris Paul‍ Jr. on campus.

The Crisp County star (6-1, 215) told Hail Varsity that he really liked Lincoln and was shown a good time. 

“I actually came in a little late because I had a game Friday,” Paul said. “I got there around the third quarter. The game was still live. The fan base is amazing. When I first got there, I got to talk to Coach Sean Dillon. He showed me around. We went to a meet and greet thing where I talked to all the coaches. The defensive coordinator, Coach Chinander, Coach Ruud and Coach Beckton. I really got the whole nine yards.” 

Paul said that his time with Ruud and Chinander was great. He appreciated how straightforward they were with him. Chinander spoke with Paul and his dad about life in general, as well as about the connections that Paul could make by coming to Nebraska. Paul’s time on the whiteboard with Ruud left an impression.

“To me, it’s a huge accomplishment,” Paul said. “He is the all-time leading tackler at Nebraska. Plus, he played 10 years in the league. He said he sees something special in me. That means I’m doing something right.”

Winning over the parents of a prospect is always key. Based on how Paul described his dad’s feelings on the trip, the staff made him feel right at home. 

“My pop got up there and looked like a little kid,” Paul said. “He thought it was amazing. They showed him a good time as well. They treated him like he was a top prospect. They showed him around while I was on the photoshoot. They took him around campus and the football field. They showed that family environment.”

The linebacker said that the family environment at Nebraska was something he was looking for and found. That environment came through when he spoke with Frost during his visit.

“Yes sir, I did talk to him [Frost],” Paul said. “That was awesome too. He came into the locker room. He was talking to me about life and football. He told me that he really wanted me. I can call him for anything no matter what the circumstance is. That meant a lot to me.”

Paul is also looking at Michigan State, Cincinnati and West Virginia. He says that distance is not a factor in his college choice. He does have some criteria that he is working through in finding a future home though.

“Like I said, that family type of vibe,” he explained. “I want it to seem like I never left home. The coaches are just like my dad. They are on me about my grades and I respect that. If they are on me about my grades and how I perform on the football field too. That’s basically the only thing I’m looking for along with the relationship I build with the coaches as I go along. Also, the fan base. Even if they are on a losing streak, Nebraska still sells out games and that says a lot.”

The Georgia native said he will take an official visit to Nebraska in the spring. He plans to make a college decision before his senior year.

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