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2019 Quarterback Nik Scalzo Felt Relieved after Receiving UK Offer


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The quarterback position at Kentucky is secured for the next few years with Gunnar Hoak and Terry Wilson both on roster as sophomores, but the Wildcats are in great position with Nik Scalzo from South Florida.


Scalzo, a 5-foot-11 dual-threat passer, plays for Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite for the 2019 class. He received an offer from Kentucky after a junior day visit with Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran, and Darin Hinshaw on February 24th.


“It was surreal,” Scalzo told Go Big Blue Country earlier this week. “I was waiting for this offer for a while now and when I got it, I felt very relieved and accomplished.”


Kentucky has had plenty of success dipping into South Florida, especially since Gran brought that connection to the coaching staff. In the past two recruiting classes, 14 players from that region have signed with Kentucky and the Wildcats have a 2019 commitment from Chaminade-Madonna four-star safety Keontra Smith.


After his visit in February, Scalzo followed it with a visit for the annual UK blue/white spring game on Friday, April 13th.


“The visit was amazing. I love the campus and coaches. The atmosphere was incredible.”


Don’t pay attention to his 5-foot-11 listing, even though it may be a little generous. The UK staff is recruiting him for his ability to make plays on the football field, which he does a lot of when he’s in action.


“My biggest strength is my play making ability and my ability to create plays.”


The UK staff sure hopes that Scalzo is making plays at Kroger Field in a few years and they can already see him doing big things on the field.


“Coach said he loves me as a player and can see me doing big things for them.”


In addition to Kentucky, Scalzo holds offers from Illinois, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Harvard, and Yale among others. There aren’t a lot of high-level programs on his list, but those will come before his recruitment is complete.

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Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, where he earned a degree in elementary education. He currently resides in Middlesboro, Kentucky and is a credentialed media member at the University of Kentucky. Smith founded and published Go Big Blue Country in November 2016. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @gbbcountry or reach him via email at

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