Since last fall, 2022 three-star athlete Kenzy Paul has moved away from his family, his country, and became fluent in a different language.
Last fall, Paul moved from his native Montreal, Canada to McCallie School (Tenn.), near Chattanooga. The move has certainly paid off towards his recruitment, as he now counts 15 scholarship offers, most recently from Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech, which offered on Wednesday. But it hasn’t been without its hardships, not to mention the inability to move his recruitment forward due to the pandemic and extended NCAA dead period.
“Honestly, it was hard for my family to see me leave,” Paul said. “But, I really felt like that was the right move, for the coaching and opportunity. We all felt like it was the best move for us, a good school opportunity in Tennessee and to play for a state championship. It was hard leaving my family, but it was for the best. I’m glad I did it.”
Two years ago, Paul made what have turned out to be his only three in-person visits. Through his time playing seven-on-seven with the National Playmakers Academy, he got to see the campuses at Syracuse, Temple and Ball State. Paul said he doesn’t remember much, but those trips have at least given him something to go by.
“We took a lot of pictures and went on the practice field, saw the team, saw where they eat, the locker rooms,” Paul said. “We did a tour of the facilities, same as Ball State and Temple. It was the spring scrimmage, but it was cool. I remember the size of the stadium (Carrier Dome). I was like, man, that must be crazy, the energy. I remember all the facilities, because it’s so different from high school. The difference in the level, I was like, this is...
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