The 6-4 275 lineman had a great experience at this game which showcases the top players from these two talent rich states. "It was an awesome experience." He said, "I did very well. It was great going against the top defensive linemen from California (in practice) and Florida. Those guys are pretty much College level players, and playing against them showed me what it will take for me to succeed at the next level." Spoken like a true "Hog" he said that he just tried to hit people on each play, and he did get to "eat a lot" during all the events leading to this prestigious event.
The Sun Devils have been tracking Gunther for quite a while. He was at ASU's Junior day event earlier last year, and even back then he was impressed with what Tempe had to offer. "I really liked the facilities. They were first class. I also really liked the campus. I really liked the coaches and the players that I met." The lineman has kept a high interest level with the Devils, and he will make an official visit on Jan. 17th. The fine season that ASU had last year, didn't go unnoticed. "They weren't rated high, but they surprised everyone. I got to see some games on TV, and you could tell it's a great team."
While the Sun Devils are definitely in his good graces, another Pac-10 school that has caught his eye is hometown UCLA. "Maybe I'm gonna schedule a visit with them. I want to go to a big time program, and they're definitely a good team." He mentioned Colorado State and Vanderbilt as two other schools he has interest in, but they aren't dear to his heart as the after mentioned Pac-10 schools, and quite frankly he says: "I kinda lost touch with them." Gunther does expect his performance in the CaliFlorida game to attract some new schools. "I think some people took notice of my game, so I expect some other schools to call me."
When we asked him to rate his skills, it seemed that he would be a prefect fit in ASU's high-octane offense. "I'm very good at pass blocking. I worked hard on it, and I feel that I'm technically sound in that area. I play Basketball and that helps me with my quickness and footwork…I do need to improve my run blocking. I need to get bigger, and I've been lifting weights everyday. I also need to work on my consistency. I can't play good one play, and play bad on the next one. I also need to work on playing with good technique on every down."
Gunther is already qualified academically, and he does place a high value on that aspect when it comes to deciding on the school of his choice. "Education is big. I do want to go to a school that has good academics. I'm also looking for a school that has good tradition, and one that I can get a lot of playing time. I don't want to go to a school that already has 15 All-American offensive linemen. I'm also looking for a school that has good facilities that will motivate you to work out. The campus and the environment around it also important." Sure sounds like a school we know in the Grand Canyon State…
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