On the Monday following his commitment to Texas A&M, Bremond quarterback Roshauud Paul was ready to put the recruiting process behind him. From that day forward, the focus would be all Tigers until his arrival in College Station.
It was a weight off the back of the dual-threat star. And his head coach, too.
“It’s very much off his mind and off our mind,” Bremond head coach Kasowski said. “He came in on a Monday after he committed on Saturday to Texas A&M and told me, ‘I’m done.’ And he’s stuck with it, and I think he’s very content with his decision. The focus right now for him and for us is this upcoming football season and getting things in line.”
That’s great news for Bremond, and terrible news for the rest of Class 2A Division II. Paul has been the driving force behind the Tigers’ back-to-back state championships, using both his feet and arm to go 31-0 as his team’s starting quarterback over the last two seasons.
Paul was a Super Centex first-team selection last season when he recorded a jaw-dropping 4,623 yards by himself (2,413 passing, 2,210 rushing) for 69 total touchdowns. Only Cameron Yoe’s Traion Smith rushed for more yards.
So it came by no surprise that the 6-foot, 215-pound scoring machine had plenty of suitors when it came to scholarship offers. He originally pledged to TCU in March of 2015 but reopened his recruitment later that year.
With his commitment to Texas A&M on March 5, he’ll stay relatively close to home — Bremond is less than an hour away from College Station — and get a chance to contribute to the Aggies as part of Kevin Sumlin’s spread offense.
But he won’t play quarterback.
Despite throwing for more than 2,400 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior, Paul is sought after by college coaches for his footwork. With his breakaway speed and elite agility, he can fill up highlight reels with his ankle-breaking jukes and knack for dodging defenders in one-on-one situations.
“Most of them wanted him as an athlete or a receiver because of his playmaking ability,” Kasowski said. “The guys who play Division I quarterback tend to be from the bigger schools and more polished, and throw the ball a lot more than we do. He should do well, though.”
Valuing his versatility, Texas A&M recruited him as a receiver with the possibility of using him as on special teams as a returner. With that in mind, Paul has spent the summer getting prepared for his future position change. He trained as a receiver at the Air It Out Passing Camp, which organizes pass-focused skill development programs in cities across Texas.
But once fall rolls around and Bremond practices begin, he’ll be back under center, leading the Tigers’ powerful offense in 2016 as they aim for the state championship hat trick.
Ironically, both Paul and Kasowski would like to see some progress in Bremond’s offense through the air, meaning the soon-to-be Division I receiver’s passing numbers could get a bump this upcoming season.
“We’ve thrown the ball some, but he and I both would like to improve on the passing game,” Kasowski said. “He threw the ball at about 71 percent last year, but we ran the ball more and kind of leaned on that because of his running ability, and we’ll do that again this year. But I think both of us would like to see more opportunities this year throwing the ball.”
Friday Night Heroes
This is the second in a series of features on Central Texas football players to watch for the 2016 season.