Yesterday, the Kentucky Wildcats received their third commitment in 24 hours when Nico Firios tweeted that he committed to Kentucky just three days after attending camp with the Wildcats. Firios gives Kentucky its 15th commitment in one of the top ten recruiting classes in the country, and he is Kentucky’s second commitment from the state of Florida. The first? Their best member of the class, Clearwater’s Denzel Ware, who is the nation’s fifth-best weak-side defensive end.
Two analysts on 247Sports made their picks, and both had the Kentucky Wildcats as the team to land Firios. They certainly were corrected in their prediction for the three-star Lyman High outside linebacker. Firios is one of the top 600 recruits in the nation, one of the top 50 outside linebackers in the country, and he is also a top 100 recruit in the talent-rich state of Florida.
Firios chose the Wildcats over offers from the Arizona Wildcats, Boston College Eagles, Iowa State Cyclones, Louisville Cardinals, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and Wisconsin Badgers, among others. He had plenty of interest from schools up north and in the Big Ten, but Firios decided to stay in the region and bypass a lone in-state offer from the USF Bulls.
Mark Stoops has done an absolutely incredible job of recruiting, and he is doing an amazing job at an SEC bottom-feeder. He is revitalizing Kentucky’s football program, and his efforts on the recruiting trail have been extraordinary. Again, this three-star OLB pick-up gives Stoops 15 commits, and 247Sports rates Kentucky as having the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation. That certainly is an extraordinary feat for Stoops and his staff.