BYU Football Adds JUCO Tight End Ray Paulo

May 24, 2023, 10:26 AM | Updated: 12:44 pm

PROVO, Utah – BYU football continues to add personnel to its first roster as a Big 12 team.

The latest addition comes from the junior college ranks. Ray Paulo, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound tight end from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, has signed with BYU.

“I chose BYU for a number of reasons, but one of the deciding factors was their affiliation with my religion,” Paulo stated to AHC. “They play several top-tier programs and I believe this will help prepare me to play at the next level. I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Cougars next season.”

Paulo signed with the Allan Hancock football program in 2018 as a safety. After his freshman season in 2018, he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alabama. Paulo returned to Allan Hancock in 2021, where he redshirted.

Then in 2022, after gaining more than 30 pounds, he became a tight end and defensive end. Last season, Paulo played both sides of the ball in 11 games. He totaled 26 receptions for 379 yards and four touchdowns.

Ray Paulo joins BYU football

Paulo has two years of eligibility remaining in his collegiate career.

On the defensive side, he finished with nine tackles. During his freshman season as a safety, he had 46 tackles in 2018.

Paulo joins a tight end unit at BYU that needed at least one other pass catcher. The leader of BYU’s tight end room is Isaac Rex, who is entering his fifth year in the program. BYU also returns senior Masen Wake as an H-back/fullback. Then the Cougars also bring back Ethan Erickson, who had a touchdown grab last season.

Paulo won’t be the only newcomer at tight end. The other is heralded four-star signee, Jackson Bowers. Bowers picked BYU over Washington, Auburn, Alabama, Arizona, and others.

Multi-sport athlete from American Samoa

In high school, Paulo was a multi-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and soccer at Leone High School in American Samoa.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU moving to the Big 12 Conference on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars


Kyle Ireland

Jimmer Fredette To Represent USA At FIBA 3×3 World Cup

Former BYU men's basketball star Jimmer Fredette will play for the United States of America at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup.

14 hours ago

BYU Football, Transfer Portal, George Udo...

Chandler Holt

Former BYU DB George Udo Switches Commitment To Big 12 School

Former BYU defensive back and graduate transfer George Udo announced that he switched his commitment on Thursday.

5 days ago

BYU Football, 100 Days Until Kickoff, 2023 Season...

Mitch Harper

100 Days Until BYU Football: Three Reasons Beyond Big 12 To Get Excited

BYU’s most anticipated season in the Kalani Sitake era.

5 days ago

BYU Football, Camp, Kalani Sitake...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football Launches Transfer Portal Camp For Post-Graduate Athletes

BYU is jumping in on the new trend in college football.

6 days ago

BYU Cougars, Yoeli Childs, WCC, Gonzaga Win...

Mitch Harper

10 Moments To Remember From BYU’s WCC Era

The moments to remember from BYU's time in the West Coast Conference.

6 days ago


Chandler Holt

Instant Replay: Kyle Van Noy, BYU Mascot Cosmo Do Backflips

Former BYU linebacker and current NFL free agent Kyle Van Noy was joined by Cosmo at a golf course on Tuesday.

7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.

ksl sports logos...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.

BYU Football Adds JUCO Tight End Ray Paulo