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Paulus signs letter of intent

Greg Paulus will be playing basketball for Duke after all.EEE

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The senior point guard announced Dec. 6 that he signed a letter of intent Nov. 16 to play basketball for the Blue Devils. The announcement ends weeks of speculation that Paulus, one of the nation"s top high school quarterbacks, might forego his verbal commitment to the Blue Devils to play football elsewhere.EEE

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'I"m looking forward to four special years playing for Coach K,' Paulus said. 'Although I love football, and am flattered by all the positive attention and compliments that I have received during my career, basketball is my passion.'EEE

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Paulus shied away from the media while leading the Christian Brothers Academy football team to a state championship this season.EEE

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'My future plans have not been discussed or announced because I did not want to focus on my individual plans and take away from the accomplishments of my team and teammates,' Paulus said. 'I wanted to focus 100 percent of my attention on the team"s goals of winning the state championship.'EEE

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Paulus" gridiron talent had led some recruiting analysts to believe his future as a quarterback was brighter than his basketball future. The owner of a host of New York state and school passing records, Paulus was named both Gatorade National Player of the Year and a starting quarterback in the upcoming All-America Bowl. EEE

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'I know many people may question this decision, but I have to do what is right for me. My heart is telling me to play basketball,' Paulus said.EEE

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The signing of Paulus, the No. 3 point guard in the class according to scout.com, gives Duke five signees for the class of 2005.EEE

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