#44 Josh Paul

LB | Fr | 6-2 | 195 | Kenner, La. | De La Salle HS

High School
Ranked a three-star prospect by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports … Top 50 player in the state of Louisiana according to ESPN (No. 41) and 247Sports Composite (No. 50) … Graded as an outside linebacker by every scouting service … Listed as the No. 53 outside linebacker in the class and No. 22 outside linebacker in the south by Scout … ESPN ranked him as the No. 75 outside linebacker while 247Sports ranked him No. 86 at his position … Named the Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year by the Lane Sports by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the Times Picayune All-Metro Small Schools Defensive Player of the Year following his senior season … Led De La Salle to a 13-1 record and the state semifinals … Coached by Ryan Manale … Earned a spot on the MaxPreps Medium School All-America second team … Recorded 81 tackles, including five for loss, a sack, two forced fumbles and returned an interception for an 80-yard touchdown … Returned a punt for a TD against KIPP Renaissance High School and also blocked two punts in 2016 … Helped lead De La Salle to a 13-1 record and into the state semifinals … Split time at linebacker and safety as a junior with 43 tackles, including nine for loss, seven tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns … Named to the New Orleans Advocate All-Area first team … Chose Arkansas over Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others.

Born on Oct. 9, 1997 … Son of Simona Paul and Stephfon Washington.