"He was a little bit enamored and what was important to him was going to a good school that had a good reputation in terms of a program," Findlay Prep head coach Mike Peck said. "I think being in the Pac 10 comes with some respect and credibility and he felt it would be challenging."
The Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep standout took a trip to California on Monday. Prior to that trip California had coaches in Nevada and they made it clear that he was a priority for their program.
"It wasn't like there was a previous relationship," the Findlay Prep coach said. "They were trying to move along the courting process as quickly as they could to make up for lost time."
Last season Gutierrez averaged 13 points and six rebounds a game for Findlay Prep, who finished with a record of 32-1. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is an active guard that will be able to play multiple positions at California.
"The way I describe him is he's a program player," Peck said. "He's pretty level headed. He's not like a lot of the kids out there today that are thinking in terms of the league. I think this kid honestly looks at his next step as a four-year career."