Following an unofficial visit to Colorado in early March, Joshka Gustav just could not shake the feeling that he wanted to be a Buff.
“I have been thinking about committing for a couple weeks now and I just think it is the perfect fit for me,” he told BuffStampede.com on Thursday night, minutes after committing to Colorado. “I talked to my parents and they gave me their blessing.”
“They play the defense I am used to, and it just felt like a family when I went up there,” he expounded. “I can't wait to take an official visit to see even more details about the program. Colorado is a great school, a beautiful school, but most importantly the coaches are super nice and really made me feel like I was at home on my [unofficial] visit. That is why I chose Colorado.”
New defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach DJ Eliot was responsible for Gustav's recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff. He also spoke with tight ends coach Gary Bernardi.
“They were just honest with me, that is another thing I liked about Colorado,” Gustav said. “It is very stress relieving right now. I have lots of stress coming off my shoulders. And now I can just focus on my 2017 senior season in high school and prepare for college and don't have to worry about recruiting from any other schools any more.”
Oregon State and UNLV had also offered Gustav, and he was receiving interest from Notre Dame, San Diego State and Washington, among others.
“I just felt like it was the right time to commit to Colorado. It feels like the perfect fit and there is not a better school for me personally to go play football and further my education at,” he said.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gustav considers his “understanding of plays, and football in general” to be his best attributes. He finished first in the shot put during his first track meet this spring and he is three feet away from breaking his school's record in the discus.
Academically, Gustav wants to study Business in college.