Kansas made its pitch to land Alex Tchangam. Florida Atlantic and other schools pursued him, too.

It was Colorado that felt most comfortable to Tchangam, however.

On Friday, the De Anza (Calif.) College pass rusher gave his verbal commitment to CU, adding more talent to the Buffaloes' already solid 2018 recruiting class.

"I'm really excited," said Tchangam, who will have three years to play two seasons. "It was definitely a family decision. My parents are excited. They think this is the best move for me. I'm just really excited to be in Boulder and I can't wait to further my football and my education there."

Also on Friday, former Vanderbilt punter Sam Loy announced his intention to transfer to CU. Loy, coming to CU as a walk-on, would sit out the 2018 season due to the NCAA transfer rule and then have two years to play.

Tchangam took an unofficial visit to CU in December and then an official visit the weekend of Jan. 19-21. His parents and siblings joined him for the January visit.

"My family just really, really liked the visit and they really liked the coaches, and I really like the coaches, so there was a good connection there," Tchangam said. "It just felt like home to me."

A 6-foot-2, 258-pound outside linebacker, Tchangam earned all-conference honors after racking up 69 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks last season at De Anza.


CU is hoping he can bolster a pass rush that struggled last season, ranking 102nd nationally with just 1.58 sacks per game.

Going forward, the Buffs at least have plenty of options. The addition of Tchangam gives CU potentially 11 scholarship players at outside linebacker.

Derek McCartney, who has graduated, was the main outside linebacker last season.

Seniors Terran Hasselbach and Michael Mathewes were the top backups, while true sophomores Jacob Callier and Dante Sparaco also got playing time last year. Callier was utilized as a pass-rush specialist.

Last month, the Buffs also announced that junior Nu'umoto Falo has been reinstated to the team after being dismissed last summer. He also brings some experience to the pass rush.

Junior Shamar Hamilton, sophomore Sam Bennion, redshirt freshmen Chase Newman and Carson Wells and true freshman Joshka Gustav could also compete for playing time.

Tchangam gives the Buffs another talented option to pursue the quarterback.

"I've always loved competing," he said. "Having a few players at my position, that's not a big deal to me. I'm just ready to go out there and do what I love to do and compete."

Tchangam is planning to sign his letter of intent on Wednesday's national signing day. He will complete his academic year at De Anza in late June and plans to be in Boulder for the Summer B session that begins July 10.

Loy has been Vanderbilt's primary punter the past two seasons, but announced in December that he was leaving the program. Loy, from San Clemente, Calif., earned second-team honors on the All-SEC freshman team in 2016.

This past season, Loy averaged 40.2 yards on 64 punts, including 14 that landed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. In 2016, he averaged 41.6 yards on 68 punts.


Cherry Creek High School safety Dustin Johnson announced on Twitter on Friday that he has committed to CU as a preferred walk-on. ... CU is currently projected to have 91 players on scholarship for the fall - six above the NCAA maximum. With roster attrition, the Buffs will get down to 85 by the fall.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33