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Early Signing Period 2018: Mustafa Johnson is Officially a Colorado Buffalo!

Modesto J.C. defensive end is a surprise signing.

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The decision came down to the Kansas Jayhawks and Colorado Buffaloes for Mustafa Johnson. And CU had an early signing day surprise come across the fax machine in Boulder.

Johnson, a product of Modesto J.C. (Modesto, CA), returns home to Colorado after he’d spent time in the state before his freshman year of high school at Turlock High School in California. The 6’2” and 285 pound defensive tackle is agile for his size as a quick defender and will be a good fit in the 3-4 hybrid for D.J. Eliot.

A first-team all-conference captain at Modesto, Johnson has natural ability as a leader and he’s trusted to be a playmaker. He’s a physical force when needed in run stopping or can chase down slot receivers in the flat. Johnson made an official visit with CU’s coaches last week and Eliot made him a top priority. Johnson becomes the second CU commit at the defensive tackle position in the past two days, joining Israel Antwine, who flipped late from Oklahoma State.

Welcome, Mustafa!