Florida linebacker commits to Wildcats

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Longwood, Fla. linebacker Nico Firios has committed to UK.

Firios told the Orlando Sentinel that he chose the Wildcats over Louisville.

The inside linebacker goes 6-foot-2, 220-pounds.

“Kentucky and Louisville were really the final two for me,” Firios said. “When I was at Louisville last week it was great and I like everything about Coach Charlie Strong and what they are doing there, especially with the defense, but then I went to Lexington and visited UK and I was so impressed. That just made me feel like it was the place I needed to be.”

Firios broke the news to the UK staff just before noon today and he said the coaches were “ecstatic.”

“They were screaming and passing the phone around and Coach [Mark] Stoops was saying he was so excited to have someone with my character and ability joining the team,” Firios told the Sentinel. “He said with my commitment that would probably put them in the top five recruiting classes in the nation for 2014.”

“A lot of the coaching staff just came from FSU and they just turned the defense around there, so they have a track record of turning defenses around,” said Firios, who averaged about 10 tackles a game last year as a junior. “They also just really showed me how much they wanted me and made me feel right at home. I could just tell they have good intentions and are just good people. Not that Louisville didn’t have that, but I just felt comfortable at UK.

“Everyone on campus was so nice and I guess it was just that southern charm and southern hospitality. They were all just the nicest people I have ever met in my life. It just made me feel like that is where I am supposed to be.”

Firios is ranked No. 7 in the Sentinel’s 2014 Central Florida Super60.

He’s glad to have the process completed.

"Honestly it feels great, like a huge burden has been lifted off of me and I really can’t even explain it,” he said. “I’m just so happy to have this done with and I really just want to focus on my senior season and have fun and not have to worry about the constant recruiting stuff and reporters calling. It can be a real hassle. I had fun with a lot of it though, but now I’m just looking forward to my senior year at Lyman.”


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