BREMOND — Bremond quarterback Roshauud Paul did everything with fanfare this season — from the moment practices started in August to winning a third consecutive state title last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Wednesday was no different as the 6-foot, 170-pound senior and Mr. Texas Football checked off two milestones in the school auditorium, signing with Texas A&M and receiving his high school diploma early.
Paul, who racked up 5,148 yards of total offense and 79 touchdowns this season — 2,256 passing and 2,892 rushing — will enroll at Texas A&M next week, where he will change positions and move to slot receiver, a process that gets a head start with Paul able to participate in winter workouts and spring football.
“This whole time, I felt like I always had my town behind me,” said Paul, who went a state-record 47-0 in three seasons as a starter. “When people ask me about Bremond, I tell them it’s a small town, but it’s a special place.”
Paul, who wore a buttoned-up plaid shirt and a gold chain with praying hands, signed his scholarship after an introduction from Bremond coach Jeff Kasowski and with his teammates sitting on the stage behind him.
“Everybody knows the type of impact Roshauud had, not just for himself but also for the school and for Bremond,” Kasowski said. “We’re just all excited to see where this leads … Division I scholarships don’t come often to schools our size, and we’re just really proud of Roshauud and for what he’s done.
“I know everybody in Bremond and his family is very excited to see where this goes for him.”
Paul, who committed to Texas A&M in March 2016 had offers from schools all over the country, and even referenced a late offer from Texas on Twitter last month.
“There’s plenty of people who are going to doubt you along the way, but it’s a huge deal for me and the community,” Paul said. “I just fell in love with Texas A&M during the Johnny Manziel era and it just kind of went from there.”