KNOXVILLE – Tennessee coach Butch Jones has wasted no time hitting one of the top needs in the 2014 recruiting class.
A day after adding elite, five-star running back Jalen Hurd, the Vols struck again on Friday morning, adding a commitment from running back Treyvon Paulk, a three-star prospect out of Alpharetta, Ga.
“I just committed to The University of Tennessee! Gonna Bring a National Championship to Knoxville,” Paulk tweeted Friday morning, officially giving UT six commitments in the 2014 recruiting class.
Jones is hitting the running back position hard after the Vols largely struck out in the prior two signing classes. Only one of three backs signed in 2012 – Alden Hill remains on the roster. Quenshaun Watson and Davante Bourque have
moved on. And after chasing several top running backs in 2013, Tennessee only landed three-star prospect Jabo Lee, who is scheduled to arrive on campus this summer.
The departure of rising senior Rajion Neal after the 2013 season will leave only Marlin Lane, Tom Smith and Hill as the three running backs remaining who are currently on UT’s roster.
Paulk, who ran for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior in 2012, held offers from nearly 20 schools, including California, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
ESPN.com: NR yet
Rivals.com: NR yet
Scout.com: 3-star, 54th best RB in the nation
247Sports.com: 3-star, 23rd best RB in the nation
247Sports.com Composite: 4-star, 29th best RB in the nation
Tennessee’s 2014 commitments
RB Treyvon Paulk (3-star)
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga