Tight end Ray Paulo joins BYU football
PROVO, Utah – BYU football today announced the addition of tight end Ray Paulo to the program.
A 6-foot-3, 255-pound native of Pago Pago, American Samoa, Paulo has signed with BYU out of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, after being a three-sport athlete playing football, basketball and soccer at Leone High School in American Samoa.
After returning from a two-year mission in Alabama for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Paulo redshirted in 2021 before playing in 11 games in 2022 on both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs.
On offense, Paulo had 26 receptions for 379 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 34 yards. His long receptions of the season covered 66 and 62 yards. In more limited action on defense, he added nine tackles, one sack and a pass breakup.
He played in seven games on defense as a freshman in 2018, averaging one sack and nearly seven tackles per game while totaling 46 tackles and seven sacks. He also blocked a kick, forced two fumbles and made two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 20 yards for a touchdown.
BYU center Connor Pay was named to the 2023 Rimington Trophy preseason watchlist for the second season in row.