Nik Scalzo will be the steal of the 2019 recruiting class

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High school junior Nik Scalzo just committed to play for the University of Kentucky. Scalzo will be the steal of the 2019 recruiting class.

Nik Scalzo committed to play for the Kentucky football team. He’s currently a junior at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a dual-threat quarterback, meaning he can beat you with his arm and his legs. Scalzo will be the steal of the 2019 recruiting class.

Scalzo is only 5’11”. That’s no prototypical size for a Power 5 quarterback. But, we’ve smaller-stature quarterbacks, who are able to run the ball as well, have success in the best. The best example of such a player is Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.

If Scalzo was 6’3″ he’d have been recruited by every elite-level program in the country. As it were, Louisiana-Lafayette, UNLV, Akron, Georgia State, Florida Atlantic and Buffalo all had offers on the table for Scalzo’s services. He declined, and decided to go to the only Power 5 school that offered him a scholarship, Kentucky.

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In the last two seasons, Scalzo’s completed 58% of his passes for 4,286 yards. He has 5o touchdowns during that span and only 15 interceptions. Scalzo also has 372 yards on 97 carries with a long gain of 23 yards.

Nik Scalzo is not the type of player like a Lamar Jackson who uses his legs to beat you. He uses his athleticism to avoid contact, roll out of the pocket and hit his targeted receiver.

Watching Stephen Johnson play quarterback the past two years for the Kentucky Wildcats has shown Eddie Gran how valuable a mobile QB can be in the college game. For that reason alone, I expect Terry Wilson to get the nod from the UK coaches this summer and be named the starter for this year’s team.

Just remember, you heard it here first, Nik Scalzo will be a star.