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

Del Norte (CA) D'Angelo Gunter is excited to focus on football and be away from other distractions playing at BYU

6-2, 180-pound cornerback D’Angelo Gunter from Del Norte High School (CA) chose BYU over Vanderbilt. The speedy defensive back from San Diego felt something special at BYU and knew that’s where he needed to be. Today he signed his National Letter of Intent to wear the white and blue of BYU.

Despite a late push by Vanderbilt, D'Angelo Gunter felt BYU was the place where he needed to be. The primary focus of academics and football without all the social distractions that often take place at other major colleges led him to sign at BYU.

“I want to sign with BYU because my life has been very up-and-down,” said Gunter. “I'm finally going to be able to go to a place where I can just relax and focus on football and school. It's who I am and what I do.”

The expectations of living a higher lifestyle consisting of morality and ethics makes campus life at BYU unique. Being a private faith-based university, BYU contains a special calm and peaceful feeling that Gunter recognized but couldn’t describe.

“What makes BYU so special is that there is a feeling that you get when you go on campus that you don't feel at any other campus,” Gunter said. “It's not really something you can explain, it's just something that’s inside of you.”

Another reason why Gunter chose BYU is because of his affection for BYU’s coaching staff.

“What I like most about the BYU coaches is that they really care for you, “said Gunter. “They just don't want a great football player. They want a great person to add not just to the team and the school, but to the community. They really bring a family like atmosphere to the program.”

What Gunter is looking for is pretty straightforward and simple. He wants a new experience from what he’s experienced growing up in California as well as playing football.

“What I'm looking for most to his being around something different for the next four years of my life, getting a great education, and of course doing what I love most and that’s play football,” he said.

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