"With Joker Phillips on the Kentucky staff, there is no question that the Cats need to continue working in the state of South Carolina," Safrit said. "With his ties to the state, and solid amount of depth this year, it could be a very fruitful endeavor in plucking the top talent from the Palmetto state."
"It is smart to offer them early."
According to Safrit, the Wildcats may not be done in the Palmetto state either, adding that a Richland Northeast assistant coach had indicated a third offer could be forthcoming very soon from Brooks and the staff.
"All three (Patterson, Paulk, and Harrison) of the Richland Northeast players are highly talented and have a ton of potential, especially defensive tackle Adam Patterson," Safrit said. "He has a great motor and really comes off the ball well."
Patterson appears to be the gem of the group already garnering offers from some of the elite schools in the south, but the possible sleeper and a name to remember may be Harrison's. The talented cornerback prospect has decent size at 6-feet tall and good speed, but currently only has one offer - from Kentucky.
Paulk appears to be the biggest unknown at this point. He garnered an early offer from East Carolina, but has been in a holding pattern ever since. At 6'0, 200 pounds, some are a little unsure what position, Paulk may play at the next level. "Some wanted to see Rodney Paulk in person to find out how much he weighs," Safrit said on the talented prospect. "Earlier this year, he was between a safety and a linebacker but has since added on quite a bit of muscle to grow towards a linebacker's size."
The Wildcats have had limited success in Columbia (SC) since the new staff was put into place. The 'Cats have pursued numerous prospects from the Palmetto state, but have come up with only Rafael Little and Ventrell Jenkins to show for it.