By LARRY VAUGHT
Just over four months ago quarterback Nik Scalzo, a Kentucky signee, tore his ACL in his team’s regional semifinal playoff win.
A normal recovery period would be at least six months, often longer.
Guess what? Scalzo is back working out and has been cleared by doctors to “do everything” in the weight room to get ready to report to UK in June.
“It’s like the injury never happened,” Scalzo said. “I am doing stuff I am not supposed to be doing yet. I am good to go.”
How good? He weighed about 180 pounds when he was hurt, lost 18 pounds but is now back up to 185.
“My upper body is a lot stronger. I am throwing the ball with more velocity,” Scalzo said.
Scalzo is rated as one of the top 10 quarterbacks in Florida and led Cardinal Gibbons to a 32-6 record in his three seasons as a starter while completing 59.6 percent of his passes — 522 for 876 — for 6,471 yards with 74 touchdowns (both school records) and only 23 interceptions. He also ran for 613 yards on 147 carries with four scores.
During his senior season he complete 173 of 279 passes for 2,185 yards and 24 scores before his injury in the regional semifinal before his team still won the Florida 5A state title.
He’s been talking to UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw regularly.
“I send videos to them every other day and they very happy with where I am,” Scalzo said. “I want to try and have all the playbook in my head when I get there in June.”