After weighing the possibility of waiting to see if other offers would surface, Dunbar tight end-defensive end Daniel Nwosu went with his gut. He didn’t want to wait until after national signing day to see if an offer from Illinois or Penn State would materialize.

So on Wednesday, Nwosu signed with Colorado State, the school he had verbally committed to the night before.

“I'm buying into the system and I really like the plan they have for me,” said Nwosu, who added he was excited to play under new coach Jim McElwain, formerly Alabama’s offensive coordinator.

Nwosu, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior who transferred from DuVal to Dunbar for his final season and helped guide the Crimson Tide to a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title, picked the Rams over his other finalist Ohio. His other Football Bowl Subdivision offers were from Eastern Michigan and New Mexico.

While Colorado State has yet to decide what position Nwosu will play, he said he could be a hybrid wide receiver-tight end or an outside linebacker who rushes the passer in a 3-4 formation.

“I probably lean towards the defensive side,” he said. “That’s what I’m thinking but we’ll see when I get there.”

Illinois assistant coach Keith Gilmore visited Dunbar last week and had been interested in Nwosu. Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson also visited the school last week and said they could offer the senior depending on if other players committed or not, Nwosu said. But Nwosu didn’t want to wait too long, so he opted to head to Fort Collins, Colo, far from home.

“It’s hard,” he said. “But you gotta do what you gotta do.”