Projected to take over full-time leadership as the Pirates' top boundary cornerback after patiently waiting for an opportunity behind three-year All-Conference USA performer Emanuel Davis ... Strength, quickness, lateral movement, hitting prowess and cover abilities have allowed for a long tenure on ECU's depth chart, albeit as a top reserve and top-tier special teams contributor until now ... Has a championship on his resume as one of only three rookies to experience significant action on a senior-laden defense that played a pivotal role helping the Pirates capture their second consecutive Conference USA title in 2009 ... Registered one tackle in the spring's first scrimmage on March 31 before adding three stops and an interception during the second intra-squad matchup the following week ... Did not record statistics during the Purple-Gold Game ... Produced impressive results during the strength and conditioning testing period to earn "super" designation ... Currently is the all-time position (cornerback) record-holder for lifts in the bench press (360 pounds) and power clean (318) ... Also produced notable lifts in the back squat (480) and jerk (1,230 watts), while turning in a 40 time of 4.48.
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2008: Redshirted during initial season in the Pirate program ... Officially signed with the ECU program in February, 2008.
High School: A three-year letterman, two-year starter and team captain for coach Jay Frye at Richland Northeast High School ... Booked 97 tackles (seven for lost yardage), two sacks, 13 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles, two interceptions and five quarterback pressures as a senior to help guide the Cavaliers to a 7-5 record and co-region championship ... Returned one interception for 70 yards ... Also scored three touchdowns on returns as member of special teams ... Tallied 75 tackles, including six behind the line of scrimmage, along with two sacks, five pass breakups, five fumble recoveries and four pressures during junior campaign ... Turned one fumble recovery into a score in 2006 ... Racked up 10 stops as a sophomore during RNHS's 11-2 season that resulted in a region title and state runner-up finish ... Also picked up letters in track (three) and wrestling (one) ... Competed in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash while also serving as a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams ... Rated among scout.com's top 25 defensive backs in the state of South Carolina and top 110 nationally ... Rated as the No. 32 overall recruit in South Carolina according to SuperPrep Magazine ... Attended ECU Summer Football Camp ... An outstanding student who was a member of the National Honor Society, Senior House, Palmetto Boys State and the Omicron Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity ... Named Richland Northeast's Outstanding Senior, Most Athletic and Mr. Northeast ... Also held membership in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Full name is Leonard Revell Paulk III ... Born November 25, 1990 at Savannah, Ga., thus spent most of his redshirt campaign as a 17-year-old ... Son of Leonard and Sonya Paulk ... Earned a bachelor's degree in physical education during ECU's 2012 Spring Commencement Exercises ... Currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree (health education and promotion) ... A strong performer in the classroom who has earned selection to ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) as recently as the spring of 2012 ... Also named to the institutional Honor Roll for the spring semester (2011) ... Lists David Garrard as all-time favorite Pirate player ... Lists drawing as top hobby ... Spent summers working as a recreational aide at the Boys and Girls Club (youth center) ... Brother Rodney earned freshman All-America honors as a linebacker in 2006 as a member of the South Carolina football program while cousin Tim (Paulk) was an All-Southeastern Conference linebacker at Florida and a seventh-round draft choice of the Atlanta Falcons in 1992.