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He’s committed to play QB at Kentucky. First, he’ll have to recover from a torn ACL.

Nik Scalzo dove for a touchdown during a game this fall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  The quarterback, who has committed to play at UK, tore an ACL last Friday.
Nik Scalzo dove for a touchdown during a game this fall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The quarterback, who has committed to play at UK, tore an ACL last Friday. Miami Herald

A potential University of Kentucky quarterback of the future saw his final high school season end with an injury.

Nik Scalzo, a senior at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who has committed to play for UK next year, tore his ACL during his team’s Class 5A playoff win last Friday. Scalzo announced the depth of the injury Wednesday.

“Played my last high school football game this past Friday. Unfortunately I tore my ACL. Praying for a quick and speedy recovery,” Scalzo wrote on Twitter. “Can’t wait to watch and cheer my boys on Friday. Once a Chief, always a Chief #CB4L This is only the beginning... #bbn can’t wait to be a wildcat!”

Scalzo sustained the injury in the second half, missed one drive, and returned to the field with the injured knee to lead the game-winning touchdown drive, one that ended with Scalzo handing the ball off to running back Vincent Taylor for a 15-yard touchdown with 6:48 left to play in the 30-27 win.

Scalzo, a three-star prospect, has been Cardinal Gibbons’ starting quarterback for the past three years, leading the Chiefs to a 32-6 record in that span.

Scalzo is one of two quarterbacks in Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class. The other is Amani Gilmore, a three-star prospect out of Amite, La.

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