Days after winning a gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Class 5A state track and field meet last spring, Jav Guidry faced his friends and teammates at Cedar Park High School. He and his family were moving back to California, he told them. They’d have to defend the football team’s Class 5A Division II championship without the Guidry brothers.
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Guidry told the team he was moving after a spring practice. “It was rough,” he remembers.
Jav, and his brother Elisha both were starting cornerbacks for the Timberwolves’ undefeated 2015 state title team. “Some of them already knew,” he said. “It wasn’t fun standing in front of all of them and telling them I was leaving.”
Jav Guidry understood the process. Originally from California, he moved to Texas in the eighth grade, finding his way to Cedar Park prior to his sophomore season after a stint at A&M Consolidated. His mother was in medical school and she needed to complete her residency. But Guidry understood where her heart lived.
“She’s a Cali girl. That’s where she lived her whole life. She told us she was applying to schools in Texas and California, but we knew where’d we end up,” Guidry said. “I got the news before my regional track meet. I knew it’d be my last track season in Texas, and I was going out with a bang. I went on to win state.”
This is where the story normally ends. Star player moves away, never to be heard from again. But not for Guidry.
A set of circumstances beyond his control has led him to a unique opportunity. Tom Herman was winning games at Houston, and Jav Guidry — now at Vista Murrieta High School in California — committed to the Cougars in late May 2016. But Charlie Strong wasn’t winning games at Texas, and Herman has ended up at Texas.
Now Guidry has that same chance.
Herman’s staff extended the offer for an official visit earlier this week, and Guidry — a 5-9 cornerback who decommitted from UH just days after Herman left — will visit UT at the end of this month. Herman has brought assistant coach Jason Washington, who recruited Guidry for UH, with him to Texas.
Guidry said he’ll visit either Jan. 20 or Jan. 27.
“I need to get with my family and decide a top three,” he said. “Utah and Arizona State also approached me after I opened my recruitment back up.”
Guidry said he expected to get the offer from Texas. Washington called him weeks after taking the job at Texas to explain the situation, and said an offer would be forthcoming. The way the news was delivered to Guidry did take him off guard.
“Coach Washington told me, and then coach Herman got on FaceTime and talked to me from a private plane on the way home from an award show,” Guidry said. “Coach Herman told me my junior year was good, but my senior year was great. We talked academics and the culture he’s bringing from Houston to Texas. It was a good talk.”
He’s open to coming back to Texas, but he wouldn’t consider it a homecoming. Most of his family lives in California. He says he’s always loved the state and its weather. Not that Texas isn’t home to a few secret weapons.
“I miss the barbecue, man.,” he said. “In Texas, you can go anywhere and find good barbecue. Even the gas stations have a bunch of meat and sauces to buy. It’s not like that here. And I miss my friends I made at Cedar Park and across the state.”
If Herman gets his way, Guidry will be within 30 minutes of his old stomping grounds. Texas has an in-home visit scheduled for Wednesday. He thinks an official visit date will be solidified on that visit.