| 5 years ago||
Meet Gionni Paul
Transitioning to college was hard. I'm not used to waking up at 5:30 in the morning. We're going to workouts then breakfast then study hall then class just to come back for more workouts. I find myself falling asleep walking sometimes (laughs).
Coach Golden talks a lot about teamwork. My old coach was based on family and teamwork too, so that wasn't a big change for me, they're coaches from the same path. Conditioning though, Coach Golden, boy, he's big on it. I never ran gassers like we've been doing. As a freshman coming in, I didn't know what to expect, I had to buckle down and go with the flow.
Coming out of high school, everyone says Miami has a big tradition and history. They said you'd see a lot of former players there that play in the NFL now. I didn't really take all that in, so when I first got here, my eyes got big. I could barely say anything around them, I thought about maybe getting an autograph, I would stutter every time I saw them. It was a big experience for me.
One thing everyone should know about Miami football is that it's tough being a Hurricane. It doesn't come easy. It takes hard work in the classroom and hard work on the field
When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be Ray Lewis. I can't even lie, it was always Ray Lewis. I saw him dancing, acting a fool, it made me want to dance. When I got my first chance to meet him, my eyes lit up. He went to my high school, so he's talked to our team time after time. He's a hard-working man. One day, hopefully, I'll get close to his level. That's a big dream of mine.
I was originally committed to Arizona State because of Coach Dennis Erickson. He was formerly the Miami coach, and I liked what he did at the University of Miami. I was a big fan back around 2001. When I heard Coach Golden was coming to Miami, I looked him up on Google and saw what he did at Temple. My eyes lit up. Not many people take pride in the way coaches can turn a program around, but I do. I think Coach Golden, is an awesome, awesome, awesome coach. He's big on character, personality, work ethic, and all the things that my family believes in.
I had offers from everywhere, over 50. I wouldn't talk to anyone. But Coach Golden, he came in and didn't really pressure me, he told me what was real, and he built a relationship with me. That's how I ended up here. I'm happy I'm here.
People might be surprised to know I'm majoring in civil engineering. I also love animals. I want to be a veterinarian one day.
My mom is a guidance counselor, and my dad works with a lot of students, he's a teacher and a dean. Both of them were always involved in the school system, so growing up, grades were always important.
I'm a Hurricane because I take pride in the tradition and history. I always wanted to be a Hurricane. I grew up a Hurricane fan. When we were younger and used to have imaginary teams, we always used to f!ght over Florida State and Miami (laughs).
The best advice I've been given is to shoot for the moon, and if you miss you'll land amongst the stars. My dad told me that.
I don't really have superstitions before the game. I just pray before every game. I thank God for the position He put me in. I thank my coach for giving me the opportunity to play every game. Other than that, none really.
My favorite song right now is "How To Love" by Lil' Wayne
I want to leave a legacy at the University of Miami. I want to be the most feared hitter whoever walked this campus. Just know #36 when he gets on the field.
Rumble Young Man Rumble