When opportunity came knocking, Jaunta'vius Johnson was there to answer.

On Sunday, the former Auburn defensive lineman committed to Colorado as a graduate transfer, hoping to enroll in time for the spring semester.

"I'm just glad to have an opportunity to come to Colorado," said Johnson, who graduated from Auburn last month. "It's my last opportunity to play D-I ball and it's where I want to be."

Johnson was one of two additions to CU's 2019 recruiting class on Sunday, as Daniel (D.J.) Oats, an athlete from Grace Prep School in Arlington, Tex., also committed to the Buffs.

CU signed 17 players during the early signing period in December. The regular signing period begins Feb. 6.

As a graduate transfer, Johnson could enroll as early as this week. He was in Boulder over the weekend on an official visit and was working with CU administration to figure out his academic plan.

Johnson was a reserve at Auburn, playing in just three games during his four seasons with the Tigers, and he jumped at the chance to come to CU.

"I was only getting calls from (Division II) schools and getting a call from Colorado, it's just a great chance to show my ability," he said.

Last month, CU added tight end Jalen Harris as a graduate transfer from Auburn, and Johnson said Harris "was my best friend at Auburn." Johnson also had a previous relationship with new CU defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, who recruited him out of Lincoln (Ala.) High School in 2015.


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At 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, Johnson can play different positions along the interior of the defensive line.

While at Auburn, Johnson was part of a talented and deep group on the line, and had trouble getting on the field, but said playing for the Tigers, "was a great experience, a real humbling experience."

CU has lost two starters to its defense line — Javier Edwards graduated and Israel Antwine decided this past week to transfer to Oklahoma State — and Johnson will come in ready to compete.

"I'm coming in just to do work," he said.

Although he currently has just one year to play, there's a chance Johnson could play two seasons at CU because he missed the entire 2016 season with a knee injury. To play two more seasons, he would need the NCAA to grant a sixth year of eligibility.

Oats was also on an official visit this weekend and concluded the visit by pledging to the Buffs.

The 6-foot, 190-pounder played running back and cornerback at Grace Prep, but is likely to play cornerback for the Buffs. According to his Hudl.com profile, he has posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.32 seconds and has a 38-inch vertical leap.

Last season at Grace Prep, Oats rushed for 1,155 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 9.1 yards per carry. He also caught 11 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.

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