Markus Paul was a standout high school student-athlete at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, FL. As a Jr Quarterback, he led his team to the state championship game and was a highly touted prospect in Kissimmee. Markus also played basketball and he was a member of the 82-83 team that went undefeated. These talents led Markus to be recruited by many Division 1 football programs, but most of the schools wanted Markus to play defensive back rather than QB. He chose Syracuse University because they promised to give him an opportunity at QB. However, during his freshman season Markus was moved to the defensive back position. He worked hard during this transition and went on to become one of the best defensive backs to ever play for Syracuse University. As a freshman he recorded 7 interceptions, he was an integral part of the 1987 undefeated season, and he still holds the record for career interceptions with 19. His junior and senior seasons he was named a Jim Thorpe finalist, which goes to the best defensive back in the country, and his senior season he was named a 1st Team All-American. In 1999 he was selected to the Syracuse All-Century team.