GIDEL: 'Cats host B/W game visitors

GIDEL: 'Cats host B/W game visitors

Richland Northeast High School in Columbia (SC) is home to several top flight collegiate prospects. On Saturday, the Wildcats played host to two of them in Rodney Paulk and Calvin Harrison.

With Harrison pulling the trigger on a commitment to the ‘Cats on Saturday, rumors abounded about Paulk.

"The trip was very good," Paulk said about his unofficial visit to Kentucky. "The players were all very close and they love the coaching staff. I got to meet and hang out with them all weekend and they just seemed like one big, happy family. It was a lot like home."

The Wildcats have yet to offer Paulk a scholarship, but the coaches made an indication that one might be forthcoming. "They said they wanted to look at how I played at the Nike camp and they wanted to look at some more film from my senior year before they decide on offering."

At 6-feet, 200 pounds, Paulk will need to get quicker this summer if he hopes to garner more scholarship offers, as he is considered a tweener in regards to size and speed for the linebacker position. The senior-to-be is receiving interest from North Carolina, Auburn, Clemson, USC and Boston College, in addition to the Wildcats. He has one scholarship to date, from East Carolina.

"Paulk is an attacking linebacker," Scout.com's Miller Safrit said, "but with his size he could find himself playing safety. His play at the camps will end up as a vital piece of the puzzle in earning scholarship offers."

The Wildcats are recruiting Paulk as an outside linebacker, where last season he totaled 105 tackles with 20 quarterback hurries, five sacks and fourteen tackles for loss.

Watch the video of Paulk by clicking:
Rodney Paulk Video

Quarterbacks don't make trip

The Wildcats were hoping to use Saturday's Blue-White scrimmage as a way to show-off their newfound confidence and offensive fireworks to quarterback prospects B.J. Phillips and Will Fidler, both of whom garnered early scholarship offers from UK.

Unfortunately, both did not make the trip to Lexington on Saturday. The Henderson (Ky.) native, decided against making the trip and Phillips, who hails from Columbia (SC) was pitching in the state tournament this entire weekend and hadn't made plans to visit any schools until baseball had concluded.

Both are expected to unofficially visit Kentucky this summer, possibly during the 7-on-7 tournament.

Among those that didn't make the trek to Lexington that had been rumored to might be going were SW Pulaski's Josh Minton, Louisville Manual's Jeavare White, Gaffney (SC)'s Nick Melton and Evans (Ga.) Chris Drayton.

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