Coach Speak: Treyvon Paulk's tough enough

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At times it's hard to figure out just how talented a high-school prospect is before getting him on campus in a college environment.

So, to get an idea as to what type of running back Treyvon Paulk will be once he is healthy and at Tennessee, who better to ask than his coach on the prep level?

"He brings a tough attitude," Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro told InsideTennessee. "He wants to run the ball. He wants to carry it 35 times a game. Most kids don't want to do that. He's just one of those kids that's very strong physically.

"He brings a lot to our offense that gives them that tough attitude. We want to run the football. Our quarterbacks are real strong, so we've got to run the ball."

The 5-foot-9, 191-pound running back verbally committed to Tennessee on March 15 amidst a whirlwind of declarations that saw five prospects that month alone pledge for the Big Orange.

Like fellow Vols running back commit Jalen Hurd, Paulk's season was cut drastically short after going down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 2.

However, Paulk still enjoyed some cheers from the home crowd before his prep career ended prematurely as he took the first carry of his senior year 85 yards for a touchdown and ran for 233 yards to lead the Eagles to a 31-24 win over rival Alpharetta.

"Oh jeez, that was awesome," DeCristofaro said. "We thought we could run the ball on them. The second half, they went to a nine-man front and we didn't do a good job of adjusting to it."

Paulk's coach says there's not a whole lot the Scout three-star must do differently to become a productive runner on Rocky Top.

"Just keep doing what he's doing," DeCristofaro said. "I think he's already there. Maybe just mature a little bit but that's it. I mean he's strong. He bench presses 400 pounds, cleans 300, squatted 485 when we maxed. So, from a physical standpoint, I don't think there's much."

Tennessee is also pursuing Milton outside linebacker Quarte Sapp from the 2015 class. The Eagles' season ended Friday with a 34-10 loss to North Gwinnett in the GHSA Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the FOX Sports NEXT team July 2011.
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