The phrase has been a common one for the Milton (Ga.) High School running back, who has compiled big offers from the Southeastern Conference and now elsewhere as the recruiting calendar shifts to his cycle.
But the WVU extension is an interesting one withing his family.
"Well (former Mountaineer) Bruce Irvin's dad is my mom's boyfriend," the Class of 2014 runner said. "They've been together for about a year now."
Naturally, Paulk has learned plenty about West Virginia since.
"I started watching them a lot more," he admitted. "He talked about them all the time, and we watched a lot of games.
"When Bruce played, we watched them all the time. He talks to me about the campus and stuff."
The pitch from the Big 12 representatives was a simple one: Be like the guy who will soon be in the NFL because of the gaudy numbers he put up while at WVU.
"They can get me the ball out in space, kind of like they did with Tayvon (Austin)," he said. "That's what they told me. I just talked to coach G [Robert Gillespie], the running backs coach.
"They want me to get the ball in space, run the ball, catch passes and all. It sounds good, I want to check them out."
Recently naming Tennessee his early leader, the SEC seemed like a forgone conclusion for Paulk. But, with so many junior day invites to sift through and new offers still rolling in, it's anyone's game.
"Everybody has a shot right now," he said. "I'll break it down to a few schools that I can go visit. I want to go to a place that can get me the ball in space in a spread offense."
Certain schools are standing out at this point.
"I want to check out West Virginia, too. But that trip really has to be planned."
Auburn is also in the mix.
"I talked to [Gus] Malzahn, they have three dudes [Peyton Barber, Carl Lawson and walk-on Grant Smith] on my team going to Auburn," Paulk said. "They say they own Milton now, and he wants to get me on campus.
"I'll be there with my guys soon. They're running that spread, too."
Even with all the ups and downs of the process, especially with focus now on the class of 2014, the 5-foot-9, 191-pounder has a concrete plan for how he wants it all to shake out.
Said Paulk, "I should have a top five coming out around the summertime. If a commitment it's not done before the season starts, it will be after the season. I'll decide after that, probably."