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Analysis: Javelin Guidry commits to Utes

Utah beat out Texas for the prized defensive back. What does he bring to the Utes?

Utah continued to reload in the defensive secondary with the commitment of Javelin Guidry. After taking two last official visits, one to Utah on the 13th and the other to Texas on the 20th, the four-star cornerback announced his commitment to the University of Utah this past Friday.


Guidry's decision to become a Ute surprised some. He had committed to Coach Herman at the University of Houston back in May, and it was pretty well assumed he would follow him to Austin, TX after picking up an offer recently. However, due to the effort of Coach Shah and the entire defensive staff, Guidry felt at home in Salt Lake City. He not only picked the Utes over the Longhorns,  but also didn’t even bother taking a trip to divisional foe Arizona State. That speaks volumes to his comfort level & confidence with the Utah football program.

What He Brings to the Table

Speed. Not only does Guidry boast a verified 4.35 40-yard dash, he has a personal best of 10.41 in the 100 meter sprint, which makes him one of the fastest players to commit to the Utes since Reggie Dunn. But Guidry isn't just a speedster - he has pretty good size at 5-foot-10-inches and 185 pounds. Guidry is more than just a good athlete, he’s a very solid football player. In Utah’s defense, Guidry will be coming in as a nickle back, and he has very good potential as a defender thanks to his combination of speed and ball skills. The nickle back position plays a lot of man coverage on the opposing slot receiver and will blitz off the edge fairly regularly. Guidry’s athleticism should help him succeed at both tasks and will give him a chance to step in and play early. Guidry should also get a chance as a returner on special teams, where he can really showcase his athleticism.

What He Means for the Class

Guidry is the 13th commitment, and the fifth 4-star defensive back in the class. He is a perfect complement to Utah's other committed cornerbacks in Jaylon Johnson and Tareke Lewis, as he will play primarily in the slot.  This was a big win for Coach Shah and the Utah football program, as he chose the Utes over Coach Herman and the Texas Longhorns, as well as Arizona State who is in dire need of defensive secondary help. With this commitment, it wraps things up in the defensive secondary for the class and softens the blow if one of the other two commitments were to decommit. 

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