Vols lead for '14 running back

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While Tennessee hasn't quite put their finger on a running back in the 2013 class, they have a great head start on the 2014 class having already offered 10 backs in the junior class.

One 5-foot-9, 190 pounder with an Orange & White offer already has the Volunteers out front as he develops favorites early in the process. Milton (Ga.) High School star Treyvon Paulk is high on Tennessee and running backs coach Jay Graham.

"Tennessee is definitely my favorite right now," Paulk told InsideTennessee.com. "Coach Graham is really cool. He has been by my school a few times and he calls me on the phone a lot.

"Plus my mentor, Ryan Jenkins, his dad went there and Ryan has been talking to me a lot about Tennessee. I am planning on getting down there soon, maybe even this weekend."

Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham is already creating a great relationship with Paulk.
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Paulk backed up Ole Miss commitment and three-star back Peyton Barber as a junior and still managed to rack up over 1,100 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. To go with his Tennessee offer he has managed to gather offers from the likes of Kentucky, Maryland, Ole Miss, North Carolina, South Florida, TCU, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, but it is Graham and the Vols showing the most interest.

"Coach Graham came to see me at my school back in November," he said. "He is a cool guy. We talk on the phone almost every week. He talks to me about the offense and how they use their running backs and stuff. We have a good relationship."

With head coach Butch Jones and offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian bringing a more up-tempo offensive to The Hill, Paulk thinks he can be a valuable asset to the Vols offensive attack.

"They are going to run a spread with this new staff and get the running backs out in the flat and let them run routes," Paulk said. "I think that is definitely something I can do well. Plus the SEC is the toughest conference out there and I want to play against the best. The whole atmosphere and the fan support there is crazy. I like Tennessee a lot."

The Alpharetta, Ga., native is lucky to have teammates and friends like Carl Lawson, Peyton Barber and Ryan Jenkins who have all gone through the recruiting process before him, but he isn't soliciting all that much advice.

"I just want to experience the whole thing for myself," he said. "They have given me some advice so far, but I just want to enjoy everything and have fun with it."

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