Get to know your 2014 Kentucky Football Signee - Nico Firios

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Linebacker was a big need for this class and Firios is a nice signing.

By Will Marshall and Hank Rippetoe

Nico Firios

Lyman High School

Longwood, FL (Orlando Metro)

The 6'2'' 220 pound linebacker committed to UK over the summer, and UK beat out Louisville and a late Wisconsin push to sign the linebacker. The Orlando Sentinel ranked him as the seventh best player in central Florida. Firios' highlight tape displays an ability to make plays sideline to sideline, as well as taking and quickly shedding oncoming blockers to make a tackle.

The linebacker position is relatively fluid at the moment and this may benefit Firios. Outside of Khalid Henderson at the weakside linebacker position, there are no players who are relatively assured of claiming a starting position. In this environment, Firios could emerge as a contender for second string at an outside linebacker position. My speculation is that Firios will likely be assigned an outside linebacker position as his fellow freshman Dorian Hendrix will be groomed for the middle linebacker spot. In any case, if Firios cannot crack the two-deep then it would be prudent for him to redshirt this coming season and continue to improve his technique.

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