"I've done real well at defensive end," Paulsen said. "I haven't had a chance to do a whole lot on offense, because we've been just pounding the ball. Against Burbank, we were running well, so we just stuck with it. If we have success running it, we'll just keep on running the ball."
"UCLA is probably still my favorite," said Paulsen. "I like Stanford and Duke too. Boston College is also in there. I loved the campus and the coaches when I went there unofficially."
Chaminade is off to a 3-0 start in 2004, and while Paulsen said his impact and inclusion on offense has been minimal, defensively he has been pleased with his play.
"I've got four sacks and ten tackles for loss so far," said Paulsen. With Chaminade playing Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs this weekend, Paulsen said, "I'll go up against (Arizona commit) Eben Britton when I'm on defense."
"I've talked with Marcus a little bit. He really likes it at UCLA, and he was pretty excited about playing a lot against Washington last week. I know Chris likes it there too. If they offered him he said he might commit, and that would be a contributing factor for me," said Paulsen, who is being recruited by quarterbacks coach Jim Svoboda.
Sporting a 3.6 GPA and an 1150 on his SAT, Paulsen will have no trouble qualifying for college. But he will retake his SAT in October for Stanford admissions. He said, "My parents think that is a pretty good education to have."
Paulsen said the next few weeks, as he prepares to set up his official visits, will also be spent sitting down and discussing his preferred schools with his family. "I haven't sat down yet, and listed the pros and cons. I have to sit down and go over my choices. I'm in no hurry for a decision. Whenever I feel I am ready, I'll make my decision."
Paulsen attended the Bruins home opener against Oklahoma State and will be in attendance this weekend when UCLA hosts San Diego State.