As the only recruit on an official visit to Colorado this weekend, and with current CU football players busy with finals, Mustafa Johnson was at the center of attention with Buffaloes coaches.

"I definitely got to get to know the coaches a lot better," he said Sunday after returning to his California home. "I hung out with the coaches a lot."

Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive lineman from Modesto (Calif.) Junior College, said his visit to Boulder "was excellent," as he nears his final decision on where to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday.

"It's down to CU and Kansas, for sure," he said. "Right now, I'm going to weigh out the pros and cons and see what's going to be a better fit for me."

Johnson said as of Sunday afternoon he was pretty sure of his decision, but wanted to discuss it with family first. He plans to inform coaches at both schools either Sunday night or Monday morning, but won't publicly reveal his choice until sending his letter of intent Wednesday.

CU and Kansas were the only two schools he visited - he took a trip to Lawrence, Kan., the weekend of Dec. 8-10 - while Oregon State also came in with a later offer this past week.

Johnson he likes a lot about both CU and Kansas and what they have to offer. He also developed a good rapport with both coaching staffs.

"What's going to be the factor is football, because both places I can get an education," he said.


Johnson said the opportunity to get on the field and make an impact immediately is there at both CU and Kansas, but added, "I'd probably have more of a chance at getting more reps at Colorado. Obviously I can't tell if I'm going to get a spot (at this point)."

Johnson, who lived in Aurora through eighth grade, would fill a significant need for the Buffs on the defensive line. Johnson has four years to play three seasons.

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