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An Easy Decision

By David Butler
SouthernPigskin.com
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The recruiting process was easy for both Treyvon Paulk and the Tennessee coaching staff.

By the end of the Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley eras in Knoxville, the talent for the University of Tennessee football team became depleted to a point not seen in decades at the school. No one questioned Butch Jones’ coaching, but Jones’ ability to recruit new talent would tell the tale of the new era for the Volunteers.

In his first full year of recruiting, Jones displayed qualities indicating he has all the right tools to get the job done on the recruiting front. Hauling in the fourth-best recruiting class in the SEC, Jones looks to have the program heading down the right path.

Every high school football player dreams of playing at the next level — especially as a player in the SEC. Treyvon Paulk’s dreams came to fruition, as he earned the opportunity to commit to the Volunteers.

“I’m blessed, I’m thankful that I have this opportunity," Paulk gleamed on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. "Something that I’ve always wanted to do, I’ve always wanted to play in the SEC. Growing up in the south, that’s all you know is the SEC. There’s no other major conference, that’s really all the games you look forward to on Saturday is the SEC games.”

The recruiting process was easy for both Paulk and the Volunteer coaching staff. Paulk received a dream opportunity to play in the SEC and took full advantage.

Although Paulk is recovering from a severe knee injury, that did not stop him from signing his letter of intent with the school most eager to gain his talent.

“I’ve been committed since last year, March 15th," Paulk stated. "Was pretty much an easy decision for me, they’re in the SEC, they run the spread, so that fits me, they’re close to home and those are the major points that helped me make my decision.”

Currently, Paulk is rehabbing to the max of his abilities, but even with his ambitious efforts he may be affected for his freshman year.

Regardless of his status for next year, he has major upside for the future. Paulk’s blend of power and speed should bode well for the Volunteers in the upcoming seasons.

“I fit in there perfectly. They run the spread hurry up,” Paulk said. “I’ll definitely be getting the ball out in space and they definitely want to get the ball in the playmaker’s hands, so I’ll definitely be a part of something like that. That’s why I made the decision that I made.”

Jalen Hurd and Derrell Scott have also joined the 2014 recruiting class, which will make for a crowded backfield; however, Paulk is not scared of a little competition and looks to grow with the fresh opportunity.

“I’m blessed with the opportunity and I’m just going to take full advantage of it,” Paulk added. 

As his dreams become reality, Paulk’s attitude will continue to carry him forward as he takes it to the next level in the SEC.

David Butler - David Butler, of Watkinsville, Georgia, is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. During college, David spent time on staff as his university newspaper's sports editor. Growing up just outside of UGA territory, David has been constantly surrounded by the love of football. He loves cheering on his Dawgs, and has a passion for the Philadelphia Eagles. When he is not tailgating, he is perfectly content cheering on his favorite teams from the comfort of his couch with his family, friends, pets, and extremely beautiful lady friend.