D'Angelo Gunter (Gerard Martinez | USCFootball.com)

Del Norte HS (CA) athlete D'Angelo Gunter took a while to decide but the feelings he had at BYU led him to committing to be a Cougar

D'Angelo Gunter pulled the trigger last night and made his intentions known that he will sign a letter of intent with BYU February 1st. Vanderbilt made a hard push for the services of Gunter, but Kalani Sitake and his staff fended off the Commodores to land the 6-2, 175-pound speedster from Del Norte High School in San Diego, California.

BYU received another commit on the defensive side of the ball last night. From San Diego, California D'Angelo Gunter made it know that he wants to join Kalani Sitake's program and be a BYU Cougar.

"It was a perfect fit for me," Gunter said. "Going there it really fit my personality. It was a place that's nice and calm and peaceful, and it was just a great place with a great environment. Coach Sitake is just a really cool dude that's down to earth. The whole coaching staff is really down to earth and a group of great men. The players there and the team is great and I just loved it out there."

Now that Gunter is a BYU Cougar how does he feel?

"It feels good, really good," he said last night. "I feel at peace now. I'll probably celebrate by doing homework and then going to sleep."

In an effort to secure his services the BYU coaching staff pulled out all the stops.

"Coach Kalani Sitake, Coach Lamb, and Coach Gilford were involved in my recruiting," Gunter said. "Pretty much all of them were involved. Coach Tuiaki was also involved in my recruiting as well."

When watching Gunter’s film it's easy to understand why the BYU coaching staff threw all they had at Gunter in an effort to secure his services. He's a big, physical cornerback with 11.1 100-meter and 4.53 forty speed. He has the physicality and the size to grow into a safety at the next level if needed.

"I'm good with man-to-man coverage all day long," Gunter said. "I'm all up in your face all day long and like to lock down receivers. I'll have my hands on you all day long like Richard Sherman. BYU expects me to go in and do what I do best: jam them up."

Gunter visited BYU last November when the Cougars played Utah State at LaVell Edwards Stadium. He was able to take in all the pageantry of gameday as well as get a feel for BYU's unique environment and campus.

"I went on an official to BYU back in November," Gunter said. "It was a great experience for me. It just felt right there and I can't really explain why. It was just the right place for me but I can't really explain it. It was just the feeling I had while I was on campus."

"I got a chance to see around the campus and all the facilities. The indoor practice facility was dope! Also the stadium was really nice and the fans were loud and crazy! It was crazy and a lot of fun to be there when they played Utah State."

Gunter told affiliate Scout.com site Commodores Daily that playing in the SEC was an exciting proposition.

"I have to say that I am very excited about being there this weekend," Gunter told Chris Smith of Commodores Daily last week. "I have never been to Nashville and I have never been on the campus of an SEC school. Big time football is played in the SEC and the fact that an SEC school is highly interested in me, makes me excited. Academics are also very important to me and I know Vanderbilt is one of the best school's in the country to attend."

Concerning his visit to Vanderbilt, Gunter had this to say about his official visit to Nashville.

"It was a good experience," Gunter said. "It was a dope city, nice people, great atmosphere, and it was really cool out there. BYU was different though."

So what was different?

"My heart," he said. "It was just a feeling I had that I wanted to be at BYU than any other school. I can't really explain it. You can't describe it, it's just this feeling."

However, after comparing the two options Gunter felt BYU was the better fit for him overall. There was something different about BYU he just couldn't explain.

"[Vanderbilt] offered me a while ago but I just recently went public with it," Gunter said. "I went on an official out there and it was nice. Vanderbilt has a nice program, campus, and all that but I just feel like BYU is the better fit. I'm committed to BYU so I'm finished now. Yeah, it's really hard to explain."

While on his official visit to BYU, Gunter rapidly became good friends with BYU commit Tanner Baker. He also became close to Bentley Hanshaw. The three stayed in touch and Hanshaw and Baker even went down to San Diego to watch and support Gunter in an all-star game.

"I met Tanner [Baker] on my official to BYU," Gunter said. "We just clicked when I was there and he's really cool. He'll be a good friend of mine in the long run. I don't know, we just kind of clicked. He and Bentley [Hanshaw] came out to San Diego and watched my all-star game. We just want to be a part of something special. They're really cool guys."

So now that D'Angelo Gunter has committed to BYU he had this to say to BYU fans around the country.

"I just want to say I'm excited to play for BYU and can't wait to put on a show."


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