After working with the tight ends at the SoCal Under Armour All-American Regional Camp in late February, Gustav was named a top 10 offensive performer by Scout. And at Nike's well-attended The Opening Regional Camp in Los Angeles last weekend, he ranked No. 6 in the receivers/tight ends group.
Most colleges are projecting Gustav as an outside linebacker. During a recent unofficial visit to Colorado he had an opportunity to sit down and talk with new Buffs' defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach DJ Eliot “for a long time.”
“I also had a good talk with the tight ends coach (Gary Bernardi), and talked to [head] coach [Mike] MacIntyre, and they were just trying to give me a look into how their program runs and what their plans are,” Gustav said. “I loved the place, there are definitely some special things going on at Colorado with 'The Rise.' And all of their facilities are really nice.
“Colorado is a beautiful place with the Rocky Mountains in the background. The whole campus in general is just beautiful. I thought it was beautiful before I came out and then when I got there, I realized it is amazing. I didn't expect it to be that nice.”
Colorado was the first program to extend an offer to the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gustav. He has since picked up an additional offer from UNLV, with growing interest from other programs.
“I am going to Arizona State for their Junior Day and I am hoping to get an offer from them,” he said. “I might also be going to Washington State's Junior Day. I am not sure about that one yet, but I have been in contact with different coaches from their staff. I have been texting a lot with them.”
Washington, Notre Dame and San Diego State are some of the other schools that have shown recruiting interest in Gustav.
“This past Saturday I went to San Diego State to visit and they see me as a tight end but most of the coaches have been recruiting me as an outside linebacker,” he said.
Gustav considers his “understanding of plays, and football in general” to be his best attributes. He finished first in the shot put and discuss during his first track meet this spring. And academically, Gustav wants to study Business Management in college.
As for picking a college, he is staying patient. At least for the time being.
“I am just enjoying the recruiting process and I have no idea when I am going to commit," he admitted. "But I'd probably like to do it before my senior season so I can focus on that and not be distracted."