Nouredin Nouili came to the United States from Germany as a foreign exchange student, settling at Norris High School near Firth, Nebraska.
Less than a year later — and just three years after his first organized American football game with the Hanau Hornets in Frankfurt — the 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman has committed to play football at Colorado State.
“I feel like I can help to make Colorado State a team people should be scared of,” Nouili said.
Nouili chose Colorado State over a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska, full scholarship offers from FCS schools South Dakota State and Northern Iowa and a partial scholarship offer from North Dakota State. He took official visits to SDSU and Colorado State last week and two game-day visits to Nebraska in the fall.
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“I didn’t really care about the level (FCS or FBS), but the size of the stadium and their facilities definitely had an impact on why I chose CSU,” Nouili said.
Ultimately the connection between players and coaches and the academic programs helped him decide to commit to Colorado State.
“I chose CSU because of the resources they offer and their construction management program,” he said.
Nouili played on the offensive and defensive lines for Norris last season. In eight games, he recorded 32 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, one sack and one blocked punt.
Norris coach Jim Jacobsen calls Nouili an explosive player with huge growth potential.
“Colorado State is getting a young man who could turn into a great college football player at the FBS level,” Jacobsen said. “He has all of the tools needed to be successful.”
Click here to read more about Nouili's journey, from acclimating to life in Nebraska to making the transition from soccer to football and his love for Raising Cane's sauce.