The storied Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln program will be represented in the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl by one of its most versatile players.
Cornerback/wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Paul will play in the defensive secondary and on special teams for the East squad.
"It's a big experience for me," Paul said. "It will be my first bowl game I've ever played in. It will be nice to play with all of those good guys."
The game kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The all-star contest will be televised lived by ESPNU. Rivals.com is the official selection partner of the game.
Five facts about Brandon Paul
? Personal hero is his father, Robert L. Paul
? Sports hero is Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson
? Wants to major in Business Communication
? Also is a standout performer in track & field
? All-time favorite movie is "Drumline"
Paul talked about his strengths as a football player and what he brings to his team.
"My speed and my awareness on the field," Paul said. "I've developed these things by working hard."
Paul's speed also helps him compete at a high level in track.
"I run the 100 (meters), the 200, the 4x100 (relay) and sometimes the 400," Paul said.
Paul has been timed as fast as 10.5 seconds in the 100 and 21.5 in the 200.
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Allen Iverson is Paul's sports hero. Iverson, like Paul, isn't the biggest, tallest athlete - but he's succeeded at a high level.
"I like him because he's not one of the biggest players in the league but he's good at what he does," Paul said. "Just like I'm not one of the biggest players in football, but I can be one of the best. People were always talking about him being too small, but he never let that get to him."
The Lincoln High program, which produces numerous Division I-A athletes every year, has helped craft Paul into at top prospect.
"They really break stuff down for you," Paul said. "They make things easier and make you play faster. But mostly, they just encourage you to go out and have fun when you are playing the game."
Paul has a host of scholarship offers from programs throughout the country. Currently, Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, LSU and Auburn are the five on which he is focused. Those schools will get official visits.
Paul is expected to announce his college decision on Feb. 7 - National Signing Day.