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Cardinal Gibbons QB Nik Scalzo passes the ball during Friday’s game vs. Rockledge.(Photo: Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky football staff has found a quarterback for its 2019 recruiting class.

Three-star Florida prep quarterback Nik Scalzo committed to UK Monday over reported offers from Illinois, Tulane, Akron, Buffalo, Cornell, Kent State and others. He announced the commitment via his personal Twitter account.

UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow said this spring the staff planned to slow play its pursuit of a quarterback for the 2019 class after losing early quarterback commitments to other programs late in the last two cycles, but the staff has been pursing Scalzo for some time. UK quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw recently visited Scalzo at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Scalzo took an unofficial visit to UK’s campus for the spring game in April.

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The 247Sports Composite, which averages the recruiting rankings of the three major services, ranks Scalzo as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the country, but does not include him among the top 100 prospects in Florida’s 2019 class.


— Nik Scalzo (@NikScalzo) May 15, 2018

While Scalzo, who is listed at 5-foot-11 on his profile, boasts just one other Power 5 conference offer, identifying under-the-radar quarterback prospects before traditional powers has been a strength in recent years. UK offered quarterbacks Mac Jones (2017) and Jarren Williams (2018) as three-star prospects and secured their verbal