Paulk Details Vol Pledge

Tennessee has been on quite the roll over the last week or so with the 2014 cycle, and it added to it on Friday morning with the announcement of Treyvon Paulk's pledge. The Peach State running back is the second running back to commit in as many days, and the Vol momentum along with some close relationships had plenty to do with his decision. The three-star details inside.

On Friday morning, Tennessee Volunteer fans continued their period of celebration in recruiting with the addition of Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton running back Treyvon Paulk . He announced his decision via Twitter about 24 hours after the Vols learned of Jalen Hurd's commitment.

""I just committed to The University of Tennessee! Gonna Bring a National Championship to Knoxville #VFL #TheTakeover," he posted.

It turns out the 5-foot-9, 191-pounder gave the final word late Thursday night.

"I actually called the coaches late last night," said Paulk. "I talked to Coach [Butch] Jones and Coach G, I just didn't come out with it that night. I wanted to do it in the morning and go public with it.

Sleeping on it only heightened the thrill of the commitment, especially with the run of commitments the Volunteers have had to their name of late.

"It felt good, it felt right! I'm happy with my decision, definitely," said Paulk. "We all see what he's (Jones) doing, what he's bringing in. You go there, take in the atmosphere and all that.

"It's a great place to be."

"Tennessee is really like a perfect situation for me," he continued. "I wanted to play in the SEC. Me and Coach Jones established a relationship that I didn't have with any other coaches recruiting me. UT is the place, you get so much love when you go there.

"Plus my boy Ryan Jenkins is a commitment, so I'll be up there with him."

The 2013 wide receiver signee is a former teammate of Paulk's at Milton High, and the two have been close since long before each became SEC prospects.

"He was just telling me everything that came with Tennessee," the junior explained. "The location, playing in front of all those people, the exposure, you get the town feel too. You want to have fun in college and play with people that you know, we've known each other forever and played for the same middle school team and all.

"But he never pushed it on me, and it was my decision in the end."

The decision to pledge orange and white was something that didn't surprise considering the Vols have led for his services for some time, but that doesn't mean it was easy or quick to complete.

"I spent a lot of time thinking about it," he admitted. "UT had been out front for me for a while. When I first went up there I thought this was the place for me. I talked it over and spoke to my family about it, my uncles and everyone, including Ryan, and I decided to make this move."

"It was a junior day, I went up with Ryan and another friend," Paulk recalled. "Sitting in Coach Jones' office, we spent a lot of time talking. That relationship was really about it for me. It was last month."

Honesty has plenty to do with the relationship the two shares, and that included more of a production plan as opposed to a sales pitch even with the talented 3,000-plus-yard back Hurd coming in at the same time.

"They told me I would come in, compete for playing time and get on the field," said Paulk. "They want to get me the ball in space, but I can run in between the tackles if you need me to.

"That's why they like me, I can do everything."

Milton's offensive leader will be the bell-cow for the Eagles this fall now that Auburn signee Peyton Barber is college-bound, but it won't prevent the class of 2014 standout from competing at camps and combines. And while there, he'll be selling what he is buying into to other recruits.

"I see other kids at camps, of course I'll talk to him and things like that," he admitted. "We're trying to do something big over the next couple of years.

"It's all about UT!"

Paulk is currently the No. 54 running back in the FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com class of 2014 rankings.


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