Monarch Senior Plans to Join Buffs

Defensive lineman Nico Magri turned down a scholarship offer from Northern Colorado. The senior from Louisville (Colo.) Monarch decided to accept a preferred walk-on opportunity at Colorado instead...

“I went up on a visit to UNC and it is great. I like the coaches and the campus, so it was an extremely tough decision,” said Nico Magri. “After talking to my coaches and my parents about it, it just really came down to a gut feeling. I like UNC but I love CU.”

Magri was born in Vail and he spent all but one year of his childhood living in Colorado. He started attending CU games on a regular basis once he moved from Denver to Louisville. And last fall, Magri attended all but one of the Buffaloes' home contests.

“I think the program really started to grow on me when Coach [Mike] MacIntyre came in. It has been a process over time and what he has done with the program is great,” Magri said. “Watching them play last season, I really loved how the team looked and how it was all about the team unity, because I really feel like team continuity is a very important part of it.”

Magri believes his work ethic is his best attribute as a player. He showed off his versatility at Monarch by spending time at defensive end, defensive tackle, nose guard, tight end, fullback, offensive tackle and long snapper.

“Right now CU thinks I will be a defensive lineman but they said it is all going to depend on how much weight I gain,” said Magri, who currently stands 6-foot-3, 255-pounds. “They'd like to see me anywhere between 270-290. That is certainly doable with the staff they have. I am just going to work hard and do what the coaches tell me to.”

Magri plans to throw the shot put and discus in track and field this spring. He hopes to make it to the state meet in both events, after making it to state in the shot put as a junior.

“I also want to beat the school record in the shot put, which is 48-feet. I am very close to doing it,” he said.

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