Henry Nuce grew up on the other side of the country with no knowledge of college football or really anything else about the state of Montana before moving to Kalispell during his sophomore year of high school.
Before moving to the Treasure State, Nuce had no thought of playing college football or that the prospect was even a possibility.
He had no connection on either side of one of the fiercest rivalries in the West so, as a football fan, he said he “kind of liked both the Bobcats and the Grizzlies” his first couple of years living in Montana.
But as the 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end blossomed into an intriguing prospect with plenty of upside and his recruitment picked up, his allegiance rapidly shifted.
“When I first started getting recruited and then in my senior year, I went down to a Griz game and it was unbelievable,” Nuce said. “I loved all the coaches and I loved (UM defensive line) Coach (Barry) Sacks. He’s a great guy. During that game, I was like, I had to come to this team. It blew me away.”