It’s not every day that a black, non-LDS athlete from the state of Alabama decides to come to Provo for football, but that’s exactly what happened today. Defensive Tackle Jaterrius Gulley announced via his Twitter that he has verbally committed to play for BYU.
— jaterrius gulley (@JaterriusGulley) February 2, 2014
The list of Gulley’s offers isn’t as impressive as some of the other recruits that BYU has on campus this weekend, but after reviewing Gulley’s film, it looks like he could have a very impressive impact. Gulley overpowered offensive lineman at the highest level of high school football in Alabama. On him film he is literally pushing lineman back off the line three or four yards after the snap.
Gulley looks like he will be in the running to play along the defensive line immediately upon his arrival at BYU. He’s big, smart and quick off the line. It has been well documented how important the nose tackle position is in Bronco Mendenhall’s defense, and Gulley looks like he will fit that mold very well.
BYU’s coaching staff did a great job in finding and reaching out to Gulley in the last few weeks. Geoff Martzen and his team did a great job of organizing an impressive weekend for all of the recruits that visited Provo this week. The BYU basketball team played a great game against Saint Mary’s that Gulley attended. The BYU student section and fans showed up in abundance and were as loud as they’ve been since Jimmer Fredette played in the Marriot Center. All of these factors played a significant role in Gulley’s decision.
Follow Gulley on Twitter @JaterriusGulley.