Much of South Carolina’s recruiting success may be contingent on who the university hires to be its next football coach.
One player to keep an eye on is former Tennessee running back Treyvon Paulk.
Paulk, a Georgia native, took an unofficial visit to South Carolina over the weekend for the Clemson game and has interest in joining the Gamecocks depending on who is hired to be the team’s next coach, according to The State’s Phil Kornblut.
“I’m real cool with Coach (Everette) Sands, Coach (Shawn) Elliott and Coach (G.A.) Mangus,” Paulk said. “We’ve been talking and they wanted to get me up for a game.
“We’ll figure out what’s really going on in a couple of weeks. I’ve been talking with them for a while. It’s definitely a good place. They have a good atmosphere and good support from the fans. I definitely got a good vibe. It’s just day-by-day with the coaching deal and we’ll figure it out.”
After tearing his ACL his senior season at Milton High School (Alpharetta, Ga.), Paulk enrolled at Tennessee and was redshirted in 2014. However, Paulk was dismissed from the team by coach Butch Jones following a domestic dispute in which no charges were filed against him.
Paulk spent this past season playing at Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) and will transfer after the spring semester. He will have three years of eligibility left.
Paulk is receiving interest from a handful of other Power 5 teams, including schools in the Big 12, according to Kornblut.