Lifelong UGA fan likely to play for Oklahoma State against Bulldogs in opener

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Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has made the state of Georgia his No. 3 recruiting priority after Oklahoma and Texas. Gundy won a recruiting battle against Georgia for Walton fullback David Paulsen last February. Paulsen is expected to contribute to the Cowboys as a freshman (Photo courtesy of Oklahoma State athletics)

Oklahoma State freshman David Paulsen, a lifelong UGA fan who turned down a last-second opportunity to sign with the Bulldogs, is likely to see significant playing time against Georgia.

Georgia plays at Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 in the season opener for both teams.

Paulsen, who starred at Marietta’s Walton High School, confirmed on Sunday that he is currently holding down a spot as a starter on Oklahoma State’s special teams. The Cowboys have big plans in the future at fullback for Paulsen, who has been practicing with the first- and second-team offense.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was thrilled to hold off the hard-charging Bulldogs to win a recruiting battle against Georgia last February. “I’ll have to admit, when they first offered him, I was really concerned because I know how strong those ties can be.”

“He felt like we had been loyal to him. We offered him from the start. He fit into our system. He came with a strong background. His family has a lot of substance to them. They honored their commitment, and they knew that we are going to do everything we can for the next 4-5 years to help David be successful. So he stuck with us … sometimes you have players do that.”

Paulsen’s dream was to play at Georgia, but the Bulldogs had only offered him a spot as a preferred walk-on when he committed to Oklahoma State last October. A few months later, Georgia coach Mark Richt decided he wanted a fullback in his 2009 recruiting class, offering Paulsen a “greyshirt” scholarship. Under that scenario, Paulsen would’ve signed with Georgia this past year, but waited until January 2010 to enroll.

However, the real fireworks went off on the morning on signing day. After being informed that a couple of Georgia targets were going to sign with other schools, Richt called Paulsen at 6:45 in the morning with the following information in a voicemail: The Bulldogs were offering a regular scholarship to sign later that day.

Paulsen signed the paperwork with Oklahoma State before returning the call. “I saw the 706 area code. I knew it was from Athens … I called [Richt] back after I signed and we talked it over. He wasn’t pressuring me. He just said the offer is there if you want it. If you don’t, good luck and Oklahoma State and we’ll try to beat you next year.”

David Paulsen

David Paulsen

How close did Paulsen come to switching? “If I would’ve heard from Georgia in November or December, things would’ve been much different. But I had built relationships with the players and coaches at Oklahoma State. In my heart, as much I love Georgia, I knew it was just the right thing to do to stick with Oklahoma State.”

Oklahoma State signed three players from the state of Georgia last February, but Paulsen was the only one who also had an offer from UGA. The Cowboys have six players on their current roster with Georgia connections.

RELATED: Gundy claims his infamous “I’m a Man, I’m 40″ rant helped Oklahoma State with its recruiting efforts.

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sswinfordawg

August 16th, 2009
11:02 pm

So… Okie Dokie State didn’t win a recruiting battle with UGA. UGA just gave a recruit to them. Had it been a “head-to-head” recruiting battle the kid said he would have gone to UGA. You’re welcome Okie State.

Roger

August 16th, 2009
11:02 pm

Lil Yodi

August 16th, 2009
11:47 pm

Good luck to this kid. He is a good young man. I wish him all the best in every game except for the game versus the Dawgs of course.

orangepoon

August 17th, 2009
12:42 am

this kid is a heck of a player. he is 6′3″ 250 and benching 400 right now. he will play a lot as a freshman. reports from camp indicate excellent progress for him.

the other georgia guy likely to play a lot in this game for OSU is RS-Fr DT Nigel Nicholas. He is ultra quick but a bit undersized right now.

by the way we are oklahoma state or OSU, not ‘Okie State’. We dont sit around and refer to georgia as georgie or georgina.

LOL

August 17th, 2009
12:47 am

So what? …the kid wont hurt as bad when he loses to UGA?

kevin

August 17th, 2009
2:41 am

6th!!! Yesss!!! Whats the big deal about scurrying to be first? Get a life losers….first on a ajc blog, seriously??…wow what do you want? An award?…and roger you wasnt even first…

Paddy

August 17th, 2009
5:45 am

Okie St is a really tough opener. SEC type of talent and on the road makes it difficult. Of course, you don’t know until you play ‘em, But CMR unbelieveable road record is hard to bet against.

merbertmoover

August 17th, 2009
6:37 am

i think david paulsen gonna be wishin he was at bolton eatin them delicious powdered donuts like the bolton staff make so good baby, you know what im sayin? oh, maybe he go to snelling where they make that cheezy pizza soooo good baby, you know what im sayin?…..o-house? hmmmm, maybe he could get summa that tastey ohouse brunch, with the wakey wakey eggs and bakey, you know what im sayin? but nah…..he wants to go to dullwater, ….you crazy paulsen! why you not wanna go where the food is good? you crazy

Dawg Pound

August 17th, 2009
7:35 am

The dawgs are comin!!!!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

August 17th, 2009
7:39 am

Did I tell you I like men? Did you say “comin”?

45-42 hahahahahahahahaha.

Elliot Garcia

August 17th, 2009
7:47 am

It is just as well….He would never win any SEC Championships at GA anyway as long as Urban Meyer is around….

The Dogfather

August 17th, 2009
7:50 am

I think simple simon put vagisil in her sratrbucks again.

Big time?? Not

August 17th, 2009
8:14 am

four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

78 DAWG

August 17th, 2009
8:17 am

We didn’t want him, he went to crybaby state because he didn’t want to be 4th string for 5 years. LOOOOOser. The DAWGS COULD not lose a recruiting battle with crybaby state or the yellow nerds.

DawgFan

August 17th, 2009
8:20 am

We lost out on this 3 star kid? Man… hope he’s not the difference in the game

WayxDog

August 17th, 2009
8:36 am

“I’m a Man, I’m 40″ makes Allen Iverson seem rational.
“Prik-is, we talkin bout Prik-is”

PauldingDawg

August 17th, 2009
8:57 am

So we can only respect good qualities in kids like loyalty and respect IF they sign with UGA. This kid seems to have a good head on his shoulders and made the choice that showed maturity and wisdom. OKST showed him love from the get go and he went with them. If the teams would have been UGA playing the role of OKST and Florida as the last minute team we would brag all over this kid. I hope he has a great season, you guys need yo stop being idiots,you sound like a UT or UF message board. How about a little class, it is what sets us apart! GO Dawgs!

Dawgs97

August 17th, 2009
9:04 am

I agree completely with PauldingDawg. When you read a little article like this, he sounds like a nice kid, it sounds like Oklahoma State showed him a lot of love the whole time, and I am also a die hard Georgia fan who wishes the kid well.

Doesn’t sound at all like a situation with any negativity on the part of Georgia or OSU or the kid. There’s really no reason for anyone to be negative. I hope we beat the Cowboys and the kid in a few weeks but after that, I hope he has a great season in the Big 12.

Dooley's Cardiologist

August 17th, 2009
9:06 am

The Dawgs sure are bitter about being mediocre this year. At least wait and see how bad your gonna be before you get bitter about it. It is fun to watch though. There is nothing wrong with 3rd in the East. you can always say that the SEC “beats up on each other.”

gatorhater

August 17th, 2009
9:09 am

Paulding and Dawgs, I can’t speak for the other posters but I can’t blame him for sticking with his original… my 3 star thing was mainly pointing out that we didn’t “miss out” on anything, while OSU is looking like they won some huge recruiting battle. We were going to put this kid on scout team at best and he’ll be starting at OSU. Sounds like a good kid with a good head on his shoulders, but I think we’ll be fine.

gatorhater

August 17th, 2009
9:09 am

by the way, DawgFan is for home, I just haven’t switched it over for work.

saywhat

August 17th, 2009
9:22 am

This just proves what a hypocrite Mark Richt is – he has said a few times that he doesn’t think it is right for a player to renege on his commitment – he even went as far to say it was unethical and he didn’t know if he would want a player who could not “honor” his commitment. But, no – it looks as Richt was still chasing after players on signing day AFTER they had committed to another school. WHAT A HYPOCRITE you are Mark Richt.

GA Poke

August 17th, 2009
9:22 am

The AJC is acting like there is a recruiting battle not OSU. OSU just happens to have staff with Georgia roots. Good to see some Georgia fans with some class. OSU is proud to have a great student athlete from Georgia. He can’t help his offer came at the 11th hour.

Jethro Gibbs

August 17th, 2009
9:32 am

I applaud this young man! His word meant something. Oh how I wish more us were like that. Did you notice also the reaction from Coach Richt was what you would expect from him. Too bad the Dawg fans don’t behave like their coach.

Voice of Reason

August 17th, 2009
9:48 am

Paulding Dog, these idiots are not REAL Dawg fans in my opinion. They show no class, they act illiterate because they are or they are kids. This young man has character, integrity and class. Oklahoma State got a real prize in him. I wish him all the best after September 5th. I also hope to hear about his being an All-American in a few years. Right now, we should all be focused on winning this opener.
GO DAWGS!

Curious

August 17th, 2009
9:48 am

Just wondering…what does 3 stars have to do with anything? Do you guys really trust the Rivals hype-machine that much? Your coach wanted this kid badly, but tried to play against his favorite team allegiance to get him on the cheap. When he saw that wouldn’t work he made a play for him straight-up but it was too late. The fact that he shows up at a school with PLENTY of offensive talent and pushes for starting time right away is all you need to know.

gatorhater

August 17th, 2009
10:22 am

We have no class because we laugh at the idea that this was really a recruiting battle? Sorry, but Mark Richt targetted this kid late because he thought it might be nice to add another FB, but it wasn’t a necessity by any stretch. I’m sure he’s a good kid, but we didn’t miss out on much based on necessity. BTW, I do realize that rival’s rankings are sometimes unreliable, but it is a good measuring stick for projections out of high school.

gatorhater

August 17th, 2009
10:25 am

Don’t jump and down beating your chest for this kid “sticking to his guns” when we all know ALL OF US will jump up and down cheering if Mack Brown backs out of his commitment to Florida to come to Georgia. And we all know we would love that to happen.

ROLL TIDE

August 17th, 2009
11:19 am

Looks like my beloved Tide will have a 7-6 record this season,with a chance to play in the Music City Bowl. Gosh darn it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kingster

August 17th, 2009
11:22 am

Wow, I think the kid made a great choice, Georgia played him to the left and wanted him for almost nothing, OK State showed him love and a great chance to play from the beginning, why make yourself look bad by calling him a loser, not cool. Just wish him well after they play the Bulldogs. Sswinfordawg, you need to ease up and take your meds.

Paddy

August 17th, 2009
11:24 am

Pauldingdawg… Okie St showed him love?? Not what you want to hear about Div 1 football player. Hope he does not feel the same emotions. I wish the kid the best of luck but without that love thing. Creepy!!!

Look Alive---There are buzzards overhead

August 17th, 2009
11:27 am

MUST NOT BE A LIFE LONG UGA FAN SINCE HE IS STILL ALIVE AND TURNED HIS BACK ON UGA. LIFELONG FANS DON’T DESERT THE SHIP AND JUMP TO ANOTHER BOAT, ENOUGH STORIES ON PLAYERS THAT HAVE LEFT THEIR HOME STATE FOR ANOTHER STATES PROGRAM. SOMEONE SAID WHAT ABOUT THE PLAYERS THAT LEFT THEIR HOME STATE TO COME TO UGA OR GT. I SAY THIS STATE WILL PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR THEM AND THEIR HOME STATE CAN DROP COVERAGE IF THEY DESIRE.

Elliot Garcia

August 17th, 2009
12:20 pm

how is 18 years “life long”???

Jefferson

August 17th, 2009
12:28 pm

UGA fans are funny. They lose all their best skill players and somehow they are going to be “better”. They will be playing some teams who lost nothing and beat them last year (at home) but yet they are “all that”. Funny. Why even practice?

GT21

August 17th, 2009
12:46 pm

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saywhat

August 17th, 2009
12:54 pm

Hey Look Alive – Yea – what kind of seasons would UGA have had if it weren’t for Stafford and Moreno – remember those guys were from out of state?? Also – do you think AJ Green should have gone to USC or Clemson – after all it is his “home” state. And how about your starting QB this year?? Cox is from Charlotte NC, as was Massaquoi (over 90% of UGA’s offensive production the last couple years came from OUT OF STATE Players). With your idiot reasoning they should have gone to NC, or NCS or WF. What about Jeff Owens – the DT that UGA holds in high regard – I guess he should have gone to Miami or FL, or FSU. The best offensive lineman UGA currently has is from out-of-state (Sturdivant)
And as far as jumping ship: He wasn’t recruited by UGA until after he committed to OK – and Richt thought he could steal him (which is a hypocrite – because he has said before that he doesn’t respect players who don’t honor their commitments to UGA – but yet he expects players to break their word with other schools??
Think before you make unrational comments about “jumping shipand “staying in your home state”. Where would UGA be right now if that was the case?

GT21

August 17th, 2009
1:05 pm

UGA DIDN’T WANT CALVIN JOHNSON PUP78?

ORANGEPOWER

August 17th, 2009
1:07 pm

DAVID PAULSEN IS A MONSTER RIGHT NOW HE IS SUPER STRONG AND HUGE AND HE IS GOING TO RUN THROUGH YOUR DLINE LIKE AN ELEPHANT ON CRACK. HE WENT TO OSU BECASUE OSU IS A BETTER PROGRAM THAN UGA. UGA IS A PLACE THAT ALWAYS UNDERACHIEVES. UGA HAS NO FUTURE. OSU HAS THE BEST STADIUM AND FACILITIES IN AMERICA.

WE ARE GOING TO SMOKE YOUR &^*%^% ON SEPTEMBER 5. HAVE FUN PLAYING IN THE TOILET BOWL AGAINST MARSHALL.

JOE COX SUCKS AND SO DO ALL OF YOUR RUNNING BACKS.

Jethro Gibbs

August 17th, 2009
1:09 pm

“how is 18 years “life long”???” Surely this is joke question Elliott.

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 17th, 2009
1:13 pm

SAYWHAT,

I can see where you’re coming from regarding the recruiting hypocrisy of Coach Richt in regards to Paulsen. Coach Richt did indeed try to pursue David knowing full well that he had already committed to Oklahoma State back in October. It is evident that Coach Richt clearly did not practice what he himself preaches in regards to his own recruiting beliefs. However, regardless of this particular incident, I believe Mark Richt to be an excellent coach, an extremely moral man, and a man of God. I certainly hope that no one judges you or your character on all the hypocritical things you have said and done in this life. After all, I’m sure you too are a good person even though you’re a HYPOCRITE.

In my opinion, most mothers and fathers would give anything to have their sons coached by the HYPOCRITICAL MARK RICHT! By the way, good luck David. You’ll have a great career at Oklahoma State and should consider yourself very lucky to be coached by another great man; Mike Gundy.

Sincerely,

ANOTHER FELLOW HYPOCRITE

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Kendawg

August 17th, 2009
1:30 pm

I think Okla State will score somewhere betwwen 14 and 21 points in the opener. That will leave it up to our offense to determine who wins the game. If our offensive line is as good as I think it will be, we should have no big problem in scoring more than 21 points. I can’t wait to see Marlon, Orson, and Rantavious as receivers. It will also be interesting to see if CMR works Branden Smith into the offense.

GulfCoastPoke

August 17th, 2009
1:51 pm

For the posters that said “this kid would have been on the scout team at UGA and he’ll be playing a lot for OSU”, there are a few things to point out. The first is that OSU does not run the type of offense where we rely heavily on a fullback. There are only two fullbacks on OSU’s roster, Paulsen being one of them. Second, I believe (but could be wrong)that Paulsen enrolled last spring at OSU and was practicing in the spring, which greatly improved his chances at seeing the field this year on Special teams.

We’re excited to have him at OSU and I’m sure he’s been working his butt off for playing time against UGA.

Jeff

August 17th, 2009
2:37 pm

Congrats to the young man for thinking this thru…..he made the right decision.I’m a BIG DAWG fan but give this young man credit for not taking a blind date!!

william

August 17th, 2009
2:55 pm

Oregon smoked em in their last game. How do you like your 2 game losing streak OKIE?

Jake7

August 17th, 2009
3:04 pm

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NeNe's Greg's boss

August 17th, 2009
3:06 pm

He is gonna get the W too. The Dawgs are in for a nightmare this year.

ORANGEPOWER

August 17th, 2009
5:27 pm

NO PAULSEN DID NOT SHOW UP UNTIL THIS SUMMER AT OSU. DEXTER PRATT IS THE RB WHO ENROLLED IN THE SPRING. DEXTER PRATT IS A 5* POWERBACK WHO IS ALSO GOING TO RIP UGA NEW HOLE WHEN HE COMES IN IN THE 2ND QUARTER WITH OSU UP 35-0. BY THE THIRD QUARTER OUR WALK ONS WILL BE PLAYING AND OSU COACHES WILL BE WORKING ON A GAME PLAN FOR HOUSTON WHICH IS A REAL TEAM WITH A REAL QUARTERBACK.

FLEBO

August 17th, 2009
7:04 pm

Take it easy, orange power, the more you speak, the more retarded you sound.

SugarHillDawg

August 17th, 2009
9:33 pm

That Gundy guys looks like a cover boy for a GAY fashion magazine.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 18th, 2009
6:47 am

I have a home at Saint Simons and I don’t claim that left wing pervert that calls himself (herself or itself?) Saint Simons. If you don’t like Georgia move by to Jersey you rude S.O.B. ((((( Tech Sux))))) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA