One of the few Southern Californian prospects that CU signed in 2018 actually hails from Germany, but it still counts. Joshka Gustav officially relocates to Boulder in May.
.@CoachEliot on Gustav: “He is long, fast & physical. His upside is really big & he reminds me of @BjoernWerner. He played multiple positions in high school, is a great student & his desire to be here away from his family to play football is impressive.” https://t.co/4O8GfJcW4f— Colorado Buffaloes (@cubuffs) December 20, 2017
Gustav plays for Aquinas High School, and much like a few other prospects in the Buffaloes’ class, he plays both ways. Gustav stars as a big athlete, going between defensive end and tight end for his school. His most likely landing spot at CU is defensive end, but that doesn’t matter too much. When you see a prospect this big and athletic, you take him now and figure out his position later.
It’s interesting, his tape doesn’t help me decide which side of the ball he fits on. On offense, he adjusts to the ball well, shrugs off DBs like they’re flies, and runs really well for his size. On defense, he is relentless of the ball and his long frame causes a lot of problems on the edge. At 6’4 and 230, he has a frame built for either position, and his long wingspan is a plus for either position. All of this to say, who cares where he plays? He’ll make a difference either way.