Alex Tchangam isn't going to rush into a decision about his future.

He is excited, however, in knowing that he's got good options.

A talented pass rusher from De Anza (Calif.) College, Tchangam took an official visit to Colorado last weekend and said, "everything was just perfect."

A 6-foot-2, 258-pound outside linebacker, Tchangam visited Boulder with his parents, sister and brother.

"It was awesome. I loved it," he said. "I like the city of Boulder, I like the area, the coaches were great. It was an amazing visit."

With his size and talent, Tchangam is drawing more attention lately. He picked up his first four Division I scholarship offers last week, from Kansas, Florida Atlantic, Portland State and New Mexico State. He then got a scholarship offer from CU during his visit.

With three years to play two seasons, Tchangam can come in and help a team immediately. CU could especially use his talents after averaging just 1.58 sacks per game last year, ranking 102nd nationally.

This past season at De Anza, Tchangam earned all-conference honors after racking up 69 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks.

"They just want me to be a pass rusher and they just want me to come in and help the team — just coming off that edge and bring the pressure," he said.

He said that CU coaches like his current size, but that he would like to get down to 250 pounds.

"I think that would be the perfect thing for me," he said.


Tchangam's player host during his visit was defensive lineman Chris Mulumba, who came to CU a year ago from Diablo Valley (Calif.) College. Tchangam said the two of them bonded over their similar paths through the JUCO ranks, as well as their similar languages.

Mulumba, from Finland, speaks fluent French, as does Tchangam, a native of Cameroon.

"We were able to speak French together a little bit," Tchangam said. "It was cool."

While Tchangam loved CU, he's not ready to make a decision. He plans to visit Kansas this weekend and said he will take an official visit to Florida Atlantic the following weekend - which would be just days before national signing day on Feb. 7.

"I'm going to wait (until after the visits) and talk to my family and then we'll make a family decision," he said.

CU is currently projected to have 90 players on scholarship for the fall - five above the NCAA maximum. There is always some roster attrition, however, so even if the Buffs add Tchangam or another player, they'll find a way to get to the 85 max.

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