Finau played this past year at Phoenix College, a junior college in Arizona.
Originally from Maui, Hawaii, Finau was in Boulder on Friday for an official visit to the Colorado football program. He watched the Buffs beat rival Nebraska 65-51.
"I know that a lot of the students weren't there because it was (Thanksgiving) break, but it was awesome," Finau said.
Finau played high school ball at Kahuku High, the same school as current CU redshirt freshman B.J. Beatty. Despite excelling on the football field in high school, Finau didn't go to college directly after graduating.
"I took time off after high school to work and help out my parents, working construction," Finau told Scout.com in October. "So coming out to school and to play football was kind of a big relief after that."
He will have four years to play three, and Finau said location isn't a factor in his college choice. Instead, Finau said how he connects with a team's coaches and players will be the most significant factor in his decision.
Finau said he plans to take official visits to Florida, Oklahoma and USC in January and will "most likely" wait until all his visits are done to make his choice.
Linebackers coach Brian Cabral, a fellow Hawaiian, is recruiting Finau for the Buffaloes. Finau said he didn't know what to expect when his plane touched down in Denver Thursday night. But the Colorado family made a very good impression on him.
"After the weekend there, hanging with the guys, mostly the Polynesian guys from the Islands, it was awesome," Finau said. "All of the guys there are down to earth, all good guys. I got along with everyone that I met."