Three-star Gustav Ready For CU Visit

2018 prospect Joshka Gustav has never been to Colorado. The German-born, two-way player is part Austrian, so he should be able to handle the mountains when he takes an unofficial to Boulder next month.

Gustav has been in the United States for three years, landing at San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas High School where he’s become a standout on the Southern California prep football scene. Colorado has taken notice, offering the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder a scholarship. The Buffs project Gustav as an outside linebacker at the next level. 

“Yes, that’s my first offer. Pretty amazing, Colorado was my first offer and from a Pac-12 school, that was really cool. The new defensive coordinator coach D.J. Eliot, I talked to him on the phone and then he offered me a scholarship,” Gustav said.

Gustav’s connection to Colorado comes via former Florida State and Indianapolis Colts defender Bjorn Werner. Werner recently retired from professional football, turning his focus to helping young European players make it to the NFL.

“[Eliot] knows Björn Werner, he’s an ex-NFL player. He knows him, so he told Bjorn to give him a call and we talked awhile. We talked about me being from Germany and all that,” Gustav continued on Eliot, reiterating CU likes his defensive abilities.

“I play tight end at my high school, I play both ways. I never get off the field,” Gustav said of his junior year. “It went pretty good. I got all-division, all-county, all-CIF.”

Gustav has progressed from futball to football over the past half-decade or so. Pac-12 and Mountain West schools are showing interest in the San Bernardino slash German linebacker slash tight end.   

“I really like it [in the U.S.]. I live with a host family; they’re super nice to me. They love me. My parents are in Germany. My brother is in Iowa, he went to high school last year with me,” Gustav said, adding his brother plays for Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

“I’m talking to Washington State, Fresno State, Eastern Washington, Portland State, USC a little bit. I went to Washington for a game day visit last year. They had a really good year.”

The importance of recruiting initially caught Gustav off guard. He hopes to stay in the states for college, with the Buffs hoping he signs at CU.

“It was kind of weird at first, but I’m getting used to it. It’s a little stressful, responding to every coach, calling them … it’s really fun though,” Gustav said of recruiting.

“[Werner and I] are going to Colorado March 4 for an unofficial visit, check every thing out. … The junior day was supposed to be on March 4, they moved it, but I’m still coming on March 4. It’s just us, unofficial, private.”

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