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May 17, 2013

Paulk carrying the weight

Tennessee commitment Treyvon Paulk knows what it takes to be good. Over 1000 yards while splitting time last year and now he's the feature back for Milton High. He's wrapping up spring practice later today with their spring scrimmage and he hates to see it end.

"I like being out there," Paulk said. "I really don't want it to end. It feels good to be out there in pads. I've got a new offensive line so I'm learning things. I'm looking forward to today."

After sharing time with Auburn signee Peyton Barber last season, Paulk and his 5-foot-8 and 200 pound frame will get most of the carries this fall. It's a role that he cherishes and looks forward too because he never wants to be separated from the pigskin.

"It's been good," Paulk said. "I've been carrying the load at practice. I'm just getting used to carry it every down. I've put on more weight so I can take the ball on every play. I'm 202 right now so I've worked hard to get to that point. I feel like I'm ready to be a work horse."

Milton uses Paulk in several different ways. Obviously he's a load at tailback, but he also lines up in the slot and makes things happen in the passing game. It's a new wrinkle for Paulk as he has spent time this spring in the wildcat.

"We installed that and I really like it," Paulk said. "It's good to lineup at Q. It's a lot different than taking a handoff. I can see more from there. I feel like that will be a moneymaker this fall."

It's been over two months since Paulk pulled the trigger and committed to Tennessee. That hasn't stopped other schools from still pursuing the Peach state product.

"I had a few schools come at me, but I tell them straight up that I'm committed to Tennessee," Paulk said. "I'm not going to turn them away and be disrespectful, but I'm honest with them that I'm all Vol and I'm committed 100%. If they still want to talk then I'll listen."

Paulk is part of a recruiting class that is very close. He speaks frequently with Jalen Hurd, Todd Kelly Jr. and several other commitments through social media and text messaging.

"We talk all the time," Paulk said. "We keep each other updated on what's going on and our workout plan. We plan on coming up again soon and just kick it in Knoxville."

So what does Paulk have planned for the summer? It really depends on what he plans on doing this coming January.

"Right now I'm debating on whether to do the summer school thing so I can graduate early and get up there in January," Paulk said. "If not I'll be doing my thing and just training with my high school team. Just get ready for the season."

Rivals.com ranks Paulk as a 3-star all-purpose running back in the class of 2014. He's ranked fourth at his position nationally.


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