At 5-9, 195, and with 4.49 speed in the 40-yard dash, Paulk is coming off a big sophomore season for the Eagles when he rushed for just over 1,100 yards and scored 13 touchdowns on just 136 carries. A physical back with the explosiveness to get through the hole and into the secondary, Paulk said so far this spring he's concentrated on getting the rest of his game up to the standards he'll need on the next level.
"I'm really just focusing on my blocking out of the backfield," Paulk said. "I'm also working on catching the ball better out of the backfield. My blocking is the most important thing to me though. I really want to get that down because that means a lot to the college coaches."
The hard work he's put in since last season has obviously paid off as schools from all over the country have stopped by Milton this spring to see Lawson and the large group of prospects for the Eagles and they have left impressed by Paulk. Even though he's still got two seasons left to play in high school the offers are already flooding in for the talented back.
Another school he's waiting on is Auburn. With Lawson committed to the Tigers, Paulk said he's had plenty of opportunities to hear about the program from his teammate and is hoping to hear more from them himself in the future.
"Auburn was down to the school a few days ago and I like them a lot," Paulk said. "I'm going to keep working hard until I get that attention from them that I want."
Playing for a program that hasn't won more than eight games since 1980, there is some excitement for the Eagles in the second season under coach Tony "Howie" DeCristofaro. Going 4-7 last year, the Eagles have installed a new offense this spring and so far the results have been well received by Paulk and his teammates.
"I'm loving it," Paulk said. "I'm loving the new offense we put in with the hurry-up. I'm learning two positions and I'm liking it a lot. It's very different and something I've never done before. I'm liking it a lot though."
Using a hurry-up offense in high school can be a big advantage in wearing down the opponent in games. With a massive offensive line the Eagles should be able to run the football. Throw in another talented running back in senior Peyton Barber and you could have the makings of something special this season at Milton.
"It's amazing," Paulk said. "I wouldn't want to be doing it alone. I like having Peyton with me. I don't know what I'm going to do next year when he's gone. I like having him with me because if I'm gassed he can come in and if he's gassed then I can come in. It works out perfectly."