Fort Collins Standout Turns Down UNC to Walk-on With Buffs

Growing up in Fort Collins, the home of Colorado State, Nick Edridge ventured from the norm and cheered for the Buffaloes. So while he had an offer from an FCS program, an opportunity to walk on at CU was too hard to turn down.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Edridge admits it was not an easy decision, though.

It was really hard. I really liked Northern Colorado and their campus and coaches, and I had an offer from them,” he said. “Ultimately my heart was with CU so I just made that decision. My sister goes to CU right now and when I went up there for a family weekend, I fell in love with it.

And it has honestly always been a dream of mine to go to CU so when [co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] coach [Brian] Lindgren visited with me and asked if I wanted to play at CU, I thought about it, and said, 'Yes.' I went to six of their home games last season and it was so much fun. I love the atmosphere there and love Boulder.”

Ranked by Scout as a top 20 in-state prospect from the Class of 2017, Edridge prides himself on his ability to “read plays, react and break fast.” He plans to work on his speed and footwork in the coming months before joining the Buffaloes as a walk-on.

I honestly think it is my drive and my work ethic,” he said when asked why he separated from most of his peers on the football field. “I always push myself, that is just how I have always been.”

It has yet to be determined if Edridge will factor in at outside linebacker or inside linebacker in Colorado's 3-4 defensive scheme.

While playing for three different head coaches during his prep career at Fossil Ridge, Edridge spent time at both strongside and weakside linebacker. He earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior and again as a senior.

High school was great and tough at the same time," he said. "Just having to go through all those coaching changes was a battle but I feel good about how I progressed."

Academically, Edridge plans to pursue a Business degree at CU.


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