By LARRY VAUGHT
Florida high school teammates Nik Scalzo and Nik Ognenovic will be roommates at Kentucky for their freshmen year when they report to campus next week.
Both played for Cardinal Gibbons High School. Scalzo was a three-year starter at quarterback before a knee injury in a November playoff game ended his season. Ognenovic was a three-year starter at tight end. They played together for South Florida Express in the spring of 2018 and wonw the Adidas 7-on-7 National Championship before helping their high school team win the 2018 state championship.
“They are great friends and hold each other accountable,” Jerry Scalzo, the quarterback’s father, said. “They give each other great balance and have just a great relationship. I think it is a big benefit to him (Scalzo) not to have to worry about who is roommate will be or what to expect from him. They know plenty about each other.”
Jerry Scalzo is an assistant football coach at Cardinal Gibbons. He’s a Ognenovic fan.
“You can’t teach 6-6 and about 245 pounds,” Scalzo said. “He was always a basketball player. He’s only been playing real football for about two years. Once you get him there (Kentucky) and he understands the reality of big-time football, he will excel.
“He has been training like an animal the last six months. He’s put on 20 pounds. He’s excited to get to Kentucky and get started. They both are. The season has been over for six months and they are ready to get on the field and get going.”