At 5-9, 195, with 40-yard dash speed in the 4.4 range, Paulk took advantage of Barber's absence because of an injury in 2011 to run for better than 1,000 yards and score 13 touchdowns on just 136 carries. Now with both full speed and ready to go, Paulk said he's excited to see what they can do together after getting off to a hot start in the season opener.
"We complement each other well," Paulk said. "I like having him back because it was a rough year for me last year without him. We just work together so well. I love having him back."
While Barber pounded Alpharetta for 225 yards it was part of Paulk's 107 that may have been the dagger to the Pirates. Bouncing back against the grain on a run designed to go left, he raced through the Raiders' defense for a 41-yard score to put Milton up 21-7 and build a lead that would be too much to overcome despite a late rally by the home team.
With offers from Ole Miss, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Florida, East Carolina, Appalachian State and a few smaller schools, and teammates such as Auburn commitment Carl Lawson, Wake Forest commitments Josh Harris and Cory Helms and TCU commitment Eason Fromayan telling him about their future schools, Paulk said he's just enjoying the ride so far and is excited to see where it takes him.
"I have teammates in my ear every day," Paulk said. "Carl is talking all in my ear about Auburn. Josh and Cory talk about Wake Forest, and Eason talks about TCU. It's amazing to think about. I've been waiting for this basically my whole life, playing college football. I'm just enjoying it and taking it day by day. I'm just taking my recruiting process slow until I find a place I feel like is home."