By Scott Stevens
For Vista Murrieta four-star cornerback Javelin Guidry, his decision to attend the University of Utah came down to the right fit - and family.
“I enjoyed the (recruiting) process,” said Guidry, whose final two schools were the University of Utah and the University of Texas. “But it’s nice to kinda get a breath of relief.”
Guidry’s high school career saw him play at two different high schools - but not for the same reasons as many high school players who seek more playing time, or a bigger spotlight. “I was there (Texas) for four years for 8th grade through my junior year,” said Guidry, who is originally from California. “My mom was in medical school, so we moved (to Texas), and then her residency was out here (California), so we moved back.”
Family is a driving force for Guidry, whose parents “Are the ones who ask most of the questions and helped me decide between the two schools.”
In the end it was the family focus of the University of Utah coaches that helped seal the deal for Guidry when it came to choosing which school to attend for the next four years. “They create a culture there that is family-like, and they care about the players first,” said Guidry, whose mom was especially impressed when several Utah coaches travelled over two extra hours to visit her at an apartment she lives in six out of seven days of the week as she finishes her medical school residency. “What really had it is, they flew out to see my mom,” said Guidry, “and that was really great.”
The speedy cornerback sees himself fitting right into an aggressive Utah defense where he can step in and “make plays.”
Utah coaches have a specific role they see Guidry filling in their defense where he can “blitz off the edge and guard slot receivers.” With his 10.4 100 meter and 4.35 40 yard-dash speed, Guidry feels that blitzing and playing the slot is “the best place for me.”
In the end, two of the most publicized attributes of Utah football - defense and family culture - proved to be key in securing the verbal commitment of Guidry, who looks to be another in the long line of players from the Utah secondary to move on to the next level. “Their scheme is NFL-like, and that’s my goal,” he said.
Guidry’s parting words for Utah fans: “I’m ready to work and get this thing going - and win some championships!”