As a sophomore at El Paso (Texas) Franklin High School, wide receiver Gunner Romney burst onto the scene by catching 48 passes for 766 yards and nine touchdowns. Following the season, The Romney’s moved to Arizona, where the wideout will finish his career at Chandler High School.
The move hasn’t slowed him down any, as this spring Romney picked up his first two scholarship offers and looks to be on pace to add several more.
Thankful to say I have received an offer from Hawaii! pic.twitter.com/Z7OB5jj7Hl
— Gunner Romney (@gunnerromney2) July 21, 2016
“I just have the two, one from BYU and one from Hawaii,” Romney told Today’s U. “I was pretty shocked on the Hawaii one, I wasn’t really expecting that, but I was super excited for both of them.”
Romney is pleased with both of his early offers, is very interested in both programs and has a personal connection with each of them
“My older brother actually might go to Hawaii, so if he goes there, that’s a huge option,” he said. “Then, BYU that’s one of the schools I followed when I was growing up that I really liked.
“I’ve taken a visit to BYU, I love the environment up there. It’s a super nice campus.”
In addition to his two offers, a few Power 5 programs have also been in contact with the 6-foot, 2 ½-inch, 185-pounder.
“Nevada has been in contact, Oregon has and Stanford has as well,” Romney said.
At this point, Romney is welcoming everything that comes his way and isn’t holding out for an offer from any particular school.
“I’m open to returning to Texas (for college), but I’ll go wherever to be honest,” he said.
Romney recently ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds and in the spring ran the shuttle in 4.15 seconds. With his combination of size, speed, sure hands and route running, he should see his stock continue to climb throughout the upcoming season.
Right now, Romney doesn’t have any visits on deck for this fall, but once his junior season is over with, he plans to dive into his recruiting process even more.
“Next spring I will be going to a lot of camps all over the place to try to get my name out and stuff,” Romney said. “I’m probably going to commit during my senior year, I’m going to take things slow.”
The wideout has not yet been ranked by the major recruiting services, but will likely end up being rated a three-star initially. At this point, he’s still sorting things out and identifying what the key factors in his recruitment will be when that time comes.
“I haven’t really thought about it too much,” Romney said. “The style of play doesn’t matter, I’ve played in a spread my whole life, but I would play in anything.”
Romney still has two more high school seasons ahead of him and plenty of time to prepare for the transition to the college level. With the opportunity to play FBS school already on the table, he has his sights set on improving his game to come in and make an impact.
“I think I need to get a lot bigger, gain a couple of pounds and get quicker,” Romney said.