Unfortunate news for the Big Blue Nation on this Wednesday afternoon.
2019 Kentucky commit Nik Scalzo announced on Twitter that he tore his ACL this past Friday, ending his high school football career.
Played my last high school football game this past Friday. Unfortunately I tore my ACL. Praying for a quick and speedy recovery. 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! pic.twitter.com/8Egeu9C41Y
— Nik Scalzo (@NikScalzo) November 21, 2018
The injury happened when the three-star prospect caught a pass out of the backfield on a trick play. Scalzo says he knew right away it was serious.
“My knee buckled,” Scalzo said in an interview with the Sun-Sentinel after the game. “I knew right when it happened because you know the pop? I felt the pop.”
Even with the injury, the future Wildcat re-entered the game just one offensive possession later and led his team down the field on a game-clinching touchdown drive.
“I went back in and played through it,” Scalzo said. “I had to do most of my stuff with just straight arm strength; I couldn’t use my feet at all. … (My coach) was calling the backup in, and I was like, ‘I’m sorry. I’m not coming off the field.’”
Scalzo also reaffirmed his commitment to Kentucky, saying he’ll be ready to roll as a Wildcat stronger than ever next season.
“They’re all with it,” Scalzo said. “They know that usually when you tear your ACL, the therapy after makes your leg strong and you become a little faster, actually. … I’ll be ready for when I go up to Kentucky.”
Kid is a warrior.
Best of luck to Scalzo during the recovery process, and the KSR family wishes him a speedy return to the field.