The Colorado State Rams have earned a late addition to its 2016 class with the addition of junior college linebacker Anthony Giusti. Giusti played one year at City College of San Francisco and decided to agree to a financial aid agreement after his visit to Fort Collins this past week.
“Right off the bat, I just had a great feeling about family,” Giusti told the Coloradoan. “The whole staff is family-oriented. Really, I felt the sense of belonging and feeling wanted.”
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker played in all 13 games for City College of San Francisco as a freshman. He recorded the second most tackles with 76 and 6.5 of those tackles were for loss. His team also won the JUCO California State title over Saddleback College where he had nine tackles.
Giusti was getting interest from Baylor to join as a mid-year enrollee in January and also had offers from the FCS level from Northwestern State and Holy Cross.
His plan was to play a second year of junior college but then the Colorado State offer came in to play in 2016 and he jumped at the offer.
“Coach (Mike) Bobo is a great head coach. He spent time at Georgia, and his staff is all on the same page,” Giusti said. “Really, there’s some good things going on there that I love, and I was just super-excited about the opportunity.
“And, on top of that, the people in Fort Collins are great, and the program is just something else. Really, there’s some good things going on over there that I love.”
This will add depth to the front seven that lost their top four tacklers from the defensive lineman and linebacker Cory James to the NFL.
Even with just a fall camp under his belt Giusti could step in right away as a reserve to provide extra depth and then move into a more prominent role in 2017.