November 29, 2012

Interest picks up for Paulk

Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton is becoming a talent pipeline, as 2014 all-purpose back Treyvon Paulk has emerged as one of its rising stars for the future after his teammates Ole Miss commitment Peyton Barber and Wake Forest commitments Josh Harris and Cory Helms graduate to the collegiate level in 2013.

The 5-foot-9 and 190-pound Peach State product, who rushed for 17 touchdowns and more than 1,200 yards in 2012, claims scholarship offers from Appalachian State, East Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ole Miss, South Florida, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, and Wake Forest, which joined the list Wednesday, Nov. 28.

"My recruitment is going well," Paulk said. "I'm receiving a lot of interest from other schools; Oklahoma State, Tennessee [and] Miami (Fla.)."

"I plan on taking a lot of visits. I really couldn't do it in the season. I was just really focusing on my squad, but I've really been invited up to a lot of places on Saturdays, but just really haven't had the time to go just because I was focusing on my team, but I definitely want to go back out to Ole Miss again and check out UNC, go to Wake. Oklahoma State is showing me love. I planning to go up to UGA. I'm planning to check out a lot of places [and] FSU."

Paulk added the Tar Heels and Rebels are showing him the most love.

"They both run the ball, running schools," Paulk said. "I like what UNC did with Giovani Bernard. I see myself in him a lot with how he runs. They run the same offense as my high school, so I like what they have going. And Ole Miss, SEC, I really like the staff there. They're running the ball too a lot. When they get the running back out in space he catch the ball. I'm really feeling both of them. It's real early, but still receiving a lot of love from other schools too though."

Walt Bell is recruiting Paulk for the Tar Heels.

"Coach Bell is a cool guy," Paulk said. "He's real guy. He doesn't sugarcoat anything, and that's really what I like about him. He writes me so much. He shows me a lot of love. The whole staff up there, Coach [Larry] Fedora, I talk to them on the phone. They always show me a lot of love. I just respect him [Bell]."

"He keeps it real. He wants me to make the best decision even if it's not with them. He wants me to be successful. I respect that. I respect the whole UNC staff and everything that they have going on up there."

Paulk said Barber is quiet, but occasionally tells him to go to Ole Miss or to check it out.

"At the end of the day I just got to go see everything for myself, but I like Ole Miss too; Coach [Hugh] Freeze [and Coach [Matt] Luke, I like them a lot," Paulk said.

Lonnie Galloway is recruiting him for the Demon Deacons.

"I met him before," Paulk said. "He's been to a few practices. I like him. He's a good guy."

Paulk has yet to make the trek to Winston-Salem.

"I plan to visit soon though," Paulk said. "Cory and Josh, they want me to get up there, so I plan to take a trip with them soon."

"At the end of the day I got to make the decision for me and what feels right for me. They're my boys. I enjoyed playing with them, but at the of the day I have to do what feels right for me, just really go out and visit places for myself. I'll listen to what they have to say though, but at the end of the day I have to get out and do it for myself just how they did."

He has cheered for Georgia ever since he was a kid. Paulk said everyone in his family is a UGA fan.

"As I got older I branched out, but that's where my heart is at with Georgia," Paulk said. "I like them a lot, but I'm looking everywhere. Everybody's fair game right now."

"The [UGA] defensive line coach [Rodney Garner] is hitting me up on Facebook, and I've been invited to two games. I got invited to the Tennessee game. I got invited to the [Georgia] Tech game, so they've shown a little bit of love. They've invited me up."

Paulk is no rush to commit, but wants to check out the various schools that are showing interest in him.

"Academics [are] first, and I have to be able to feel the staff and I just want to go somewhere where I know can get on the field and they're going to run and pass the ball to the running back," Paulk said.

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