What does it take for one Texas athlete to leave his home town and not attend the college he grew up around?
Lopez took his official visit to Colorado this past weekend and it's easy to see why he has opted to be a Buff.
"It was amazing," Lopez told BuffPlayBook.com. "It's the best experience I have ever had when it comes to a college campus."
Lopez really connected to the CU coaching staff, it's the coaching staffs relationships with its current team members that really impressed the Lone Star native.
"When I met my future teammates and saw exactly how close they are with all of the coaches, that impressed me," Lopez said. "It's truly like a very close family, there are great guys on the team and they really love their coaches. They definitely made me feel really welcomed this past weekend."
Lopez was also impressed on how well received and how much he liked Colorado Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre.
"When we went to the basketball game Saturday, it was amazing on how many fans came up to Coach MacIntyre and everyone told him how proud they were he was CU's Football Coach, that was impressive," Lopez said. "I really like him a lot. You can tell he is a great guy, a tremendous coach and will do great things here."
While the Buff coaching staff wants the "Big" defensive lineman to lose a little weight before enrolling this summer, that didn't happen this weekend.
"The biggest thing I learned on my official visit was how well they feed you," Lopez laughed. "I weighed in at 306, they want me to be 290 when I get here. I didn't lose any weight this weekend."
How committed is Lopez to Colorado?
"I'm very glad where I'm going to school at," Lopez said. "I'm 100 percent committed to the University of Colorado."