CU Buffs rescind walk-on offer to former Cherry Creek star Santino Marchiol

Recent arrest ends ex-Texas A&M recruit’s hope of playing at Colorado


Just a few weeks ago, Santino Marchiol was viewed as an intriguing walk-on addition to the Colorado football team.

Instead, Marchiol’s third chance in Division I college football has come and gone.

A former high-level linebacker recruit from Cherry Creek High School, Marchiol was arrested on June 24 in Pueblo on “suspicion of assault in a domestic violence case,” according to a report in The Denver Post.

Marchiol was never enrolled at CU, but had received an invitation from head coach Mel Tucker to walk on to the team this fall. Upon learning of the arrest this week, Tucker rescinded the invitation, according to CU sports information director David Plati.

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Santino Marchiol

Marchiol was a four-star recruit who played his senior season at IMG Academy in Florida. He had 30 scholarship offers, according to, and signed with Texas A&M as part of its 2017 recruiting class.

Marchiol redshirted at Texas A&M, which was coached by Kevin Sumlin. After the 2017 season, however, A&M fired Sumlin and hired Jimbo Fisher. Sumlin was later hired as head coach at Arizona.

In June of 2018, Marchiol left A&M and transferred to Arizona. Marchiol requested a waiver from the NCAA to gain immediate eligibility, rather than sitting out a season due to transfer rules.

Marchiol’s waiver request made headlines in USA Today in August because he alleged that at A&M he witnessed several NCAA violations under Fisher, while also alleging that A&M staff mistreated his ankle injury.

Just a few days after the USA Today story, however, a video surfaced of Marchiol using racial slurs in referring to former Texas A&M teammates. Marchiol had practiced with Arizona in preseason camp, but on Aug. 27, Sumlin told reporters that Marchiol was no longer on the team.