Colorado is loading up on the top in-state players for the 2019 recruiting cycle.

On Tuesday, Highlands Ranch offensive lineman Austin Johnson gave his verbal commitment to CU.

Johnson is the third player to commit to the Buffs for 2019, joining Valor Christian running back Joshia Davis and Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans.

"No place like home!!!!!" Johnson wrote on Twitter. "It's been a great long journey but with that being said I would like to say I've committed to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of Colorado."

Given a three-star rating by, Johnson is one of the top offensive linemen in the state, at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds. He also has offers from Arizona State and Colorado State.

Johnson is one of the many top recruits that trains at Six Zero Strength, a Denver-based gym owned and operated by former CU standout Matt McChesney.

According to rankings, CU now has three of the top six in-state players for 2019 committed. The other three - Valor Christian's Luke McCaffrey, Eaglecrest offensive lineman Barrett Miller and Valor Christian linebacker Ethan Zemla - have not committed anywhere at this point.

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