Jones continues to address Tennessee's depleted backfield

The Vols add to their RB stable with Paulk's pledge. Dave Miller

Print This March 15, 2013, 03:40 PM EST

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One day after Butch Jones received a commitment from Jalen Hurd, who to this point is the highest-rated recruit in Jones' short tenure at Tennessee, the new Volunteers head coach brought in more help for his future backfield.

Treyvon Paulk, a 5-8, 190-pounder from Milton High School (Milton, GA), announced Friday that he has committed to Tennessee, giving the Vols their fifth commitment in the past week.

The Class of 2014 product, who also had offers from schools such as Ole Miss, Cal, TCU, Wisconsin, Maryland and USF, is another boost to future Tennessee backfields as the Vols' depth has been depleted in recent years.

Jones recognized the lack of running back depth upon arrival to Tennessee, so he made beefing up the backfield corps a top priority in his short tenure. Only one of three backs signed in 2012 (Alden Hill) remains on the roster. And the Vols were only able to land Jabo Lee this past February. Of course, Rajion Neal's departure after the 2013 season will leave only Marlin Lane, Tom Smith and Hill as the remaining backs, so bringing in a nice stable in 2014 will be very important.

Paulk ran for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior in 2012.

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