Del Norte HS (CA) D'Angelo Gunter loved his official visit to BYU and is currently favoring signing with the Cougars

Could BYU be on the verge of securing the services of a 6-2, 175-pound speedy defensive back? Del Norte High School senior De'Angelo Gunter, who has a self reported 4.53 forty, recently visited BYU. The outcome? He was simply blown away and could be making a decision soon.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, D'Angelo Gunter was visiting BYU, where he watched the Cougars beat Utah State 28-10 in their regular season finale. The on-campus experience blew him away.

"I was there at BYU for the Utah State game, and it was great and I liked it a lot," said Gunter. "I was there for an official [visit]. I was picked up by [Moose Bingham]. He took me to Black Bear diner in Provo. We ate so much when I was there. It was me, Coach Gilford, Coach Lamb, Coach T.O. (Tevita Ofahengaue) and that was pretty much it. We ate there and had a great time. Then we went to the school and got to see the campus.

"This was my first time being on campus. I was impressed by everything. Everything was so nice it was like, 'Wow!' The buildings, the campus, and inside the place was really nice. Great school!"

Prior to the Utah State game, Gunter was able to be down on the field of LaVell Edwards Stadium and feel the energy. While in the stands, Gunter saw the support of the fans for their team.

"When I stepped onto the field with all those fans I could definitely see myself playing there," said Gunter. "It just felt right. A lot of colleges, fans will show up but not like BYU. I mean, BYU fans show up for every single game, and they also show up for away games too."

Gunter toured BYU’s facilities, met new people, saw the campus and surrounding areas. However, the best part about his BYU experience was being with the players and coaches.

"The area is nice but I think the best thing were the players and coaches," Gunter said. "You can tell they all have your back no matter what. They really have a family feeling there and it really is a unique place. I think for me it was more about just being able to see the place and getting a feel for the campus and environment. Coach Sitake seems down to earth and is a coach that cares about his players. He definitely sold me well."

Throughout the recruiting process, three coaches had been involved in recruiting Gunter. BYU cornerbacks Jernaro Gilford, who would be his position coach, was involved in building a relationship with Gunter. BYU assistant head coach Ed Lamb also took a heavy interest in securing his services along with Director of Recruiting Operations Tevita Ofahengaue.

"I can pretty much say that there are three coaches from BYU recruiting me," said Gunter. "Coach Gilford, Coach Lamb, and T.O. were all involved. I learned a lot through them and wouldn't say I learned anything new about BYU when I was on my visit. The only thing I would say I learned is really what BYU is like being there on campus."

So, on a scale from one to 10 how would Gunter rate his visit to BYU?

"I would rate my experience at BYU a 11 out of 10!" Gunter said with a laugh. "It was that good. I have Hawaii coming up and then Washington State set in January, but, eh, whatever."

And what are the chances of him possibly signing with BYU at this point in time?

"Oh, very high!" Gunter said with a laugh. "BYU is very high. On a scale from one to 10 I would say my chances of going there are a 12. I liked it that much. The people there are nice, the campus is great, the area is somewhere where I can just focus on football and school. I wouldn't have to worry about anything else."

However, before he inks his name with any college on National Letter of Intent day, Gunter wishes to visit Hawaii, which has also offered him along with Washington State.

"I want to go to Hawaii first because BYU was great but I don't want to commit without seeing another school first," said Gunter. "I want to go out to Hawaii and check it out because I've never been. All my friends in my area have all gone to Hawaii, but I've never gone out there so this is my chance."


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