Cardinal Newman's Maggio-Hucek to sign with Cornell

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Cardinal Newman’s Tucker Maggio-Hucek, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound offensive lineman, will sign a national letter of intent to play at Cornell University on national signing day Feb. 3.
Maggio-Hucek, a left tackle and two-year starter, didn’t begin playing football until his sophomore year at Cardinal Newman. But he excelled thanks in large part to his natural athletic ability.
A first baseman on Newman’s baseball team, Maggio-Hucek also grew up playing soccer and basketball — sports which helped him develop impresssive agility for a 250-pound lineman. He missed two games as a senior due to injury and was an honorable-mention all-North Bay League selection.
“He moves really well for a big guy,” said Cardinals coach Paul Cronin. “He’s really athletic and colleges really liked how he was able to move in space.”
Maggio-Hucek, who has a 3.8 GPA, will receive a partial academic scholarship to Cornell, an Ivy League school in Ithaca, N.Y., which does not offer athletic scholarships. Cornell became interested in Maggio-Hucek when it was recruiting former Newman offensive lineman Jacob Gowan last year.
Cornell went 2-8 this past season, but the Big Red has a storied 122-year history that includes five national titles. Cornell’s coaches have included Glenn “Pop” Warner and George Siefert and running back Ed Marinaro was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1971.