A call from a Chandler High School football coach came into the BYU Cougars’ football offices recently about an up-and-coming prospect they should take a look at. It wasn’t long after that phone call that sophomore Gunner Romney was heading up to Provo, Utah to attend BYU’s junior day. The coaches were eager to see what the buzz was about.
“Well, my coach actually called up there to BYU and told them about me, so I went up there for Junior Day and that’s when they got their first look at me,” said Romney. “Then they came down to my spring ball and told me to come up to their summer camp so that’s what I did.”
It wasn’t long before he was back in Provo attending BYU’s summer camp. Throughout the camp, BYU’s offensive coaches were closely watching Romney perform. Soon another call was placed. This time it was to invite Romney to come up to the coach’s offices in the Student Athlete Building.
Coaches Ty Detmer and Ben Cahoon were in their offices waiting when Romney arrived. They spoke to him for a bit about the camp, BYU, and other things. Then BYU’s offensive coordinator extended an offer to Gunner Romney.
“I was just going throughout the camp and the coaches there were giving me advice throughout the whole camp,” Romney said. “They were telling me they liked what they saw. Then on a Tuesday afternoon they told me to go to the coach’s office. I went to the offices and that’s when they offered me. I just couldn’t stop smiling.
“It was a great experience for me and I was so excited after all that happened. That’s what I’ve been working for forever, and for me to get that offer from a college like BYU, which I grew up cheering for and liking, made the experience so much sweeter.”
When Romney received the offer from BYU, he couldn’t believe it. He was receiving a scholarship offer for an opportunity to play at his favorite college by a Heisman Trophy winner and the Canadian Football League’s all-time leading receiver.
“I mean it was really exciting and I was actually shocked when they offered me,” Romney said. “Everyone dreams about getting a scholarship offer to play college football, but I got a scholarship offer from to play college football from a Heisman Trophy winner. I was also offered by the all-time reception leader of the Canadian Football League. It was a great day for me and I was just so excited. Like I said I was all smiles.”
The new BYU staff looks to continue bringing in receivers with size and speed and Romney fits the label.
“I just play receiver,” Romney said. “I guess I’m pretty fast and I have good hands. I have run really good routes I’m a big body type receiver with speed.”
As a sophomore heading into his junior season, Romney is pushing 6-3 with a self-reported 4.5 forty time recorded at a camp at the University of Nevada-Reno earlier in the summer. His personal stats last season back up his speed.
“I’m almost 6-3, and weigh 181 pounds,” Romney said. “I was clocked a 4.5 flat at the Nevada camp. For my stats last season I had somewhere around 60 catches last season for around 900 yards and 11 touchdowns.”
Romney is also a track and field athlete who competes in the high jump and won first place at the Brophy AMDG Classic recording a high jump of 6’0”. As a football player looking to go to the next level, Romney’s speed would be a welcomed fit for BYU’s offense and feels BYU just might be a good fit for him as well.
“I think it’s the environment and it’s so friendly up there,” said Romney. “I grew up cheering for BYU and I’m LDS. I plan on serving a mission out of high school so a college like BYU would be a great fit for me. It’s a nice place and everyone is so nice around the campus at BYU. It’s just a great place to be if you’re looking for a clean college environment full of nice people.”