BREAKING NEWS: Texas comet coming to Idaho

A LIGHTNING BOLT is coming to Moscow. Speed thrills, and Idaho has received a verbal commitment to their '08 class from a Texas cornerback and kick returner who can flat out fly. He's clocked a 10.5 in the 100-m and 4.33 in the 40 according to a press release put out by his high school. He also has a clear goal in mind for when he arrives on the Palouse.

Ladarrius Gunn (5-9, 163. 4.33) out of Paris, Texas had given an oral pledge to SMU earlier this summer but following his official visit experience at Idaho this past weekend, he's a Vandal.

"Yes, I committed. I surprised him, (Robb Akey) really. We were eating lunch and I just told everybody there that I was committing to them. He came and grabbed me, gave me a hug and welcomed me to the family," said Gunn.

Gunn said Idaho is recruiting him at corner. He'll also probably get a long look at return man.

"They like my speed," said Gunn.

That's not difficult to understand. A press release issued by Paris High in July stated Gunn possesses 10.5 speed in the 100-metes and clocked a 4.33 in the 40 in February. It was the second fastest off-season 40 time in Paris High history.

Gunn entered his senior season as a two time All-District cornerback and has averaged 30-plus yards per kickoff Return both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Gunn said the comfort factor at Idaho was a plus, with him making an instant connection with Idaho players and coaches alike.

"They were just nice people -- it was like they just bond together," said Gunn.

AS A SENIOR, Gunn moved to the free safety position rather than playing at his customary spot on the island in '07. Statistics for this year were unavailable at press time but Gunn said he got the job done.

"I was leading the team in tackles. I can hit a little bit," laughed Gunn.

Gunn, as quiet on the phone as he is quick on the field, did offer to the Vandal Nation a little bit of that swagger often found in cornerbacks.

"I just plan on starting when I get there," he said.

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