Gonzales talks ASU visit

Compared to most 2011 prospects Akeem Gonzales has being fairly quiet in his recruiting process. He began his official visit circuit just this past weekend at Arizona State, a school that has been pursuing the offensive tackle for several months now. Devils Digest caught up with the offensive tackle to discuss that trip and how ASU is fairing compared to his other suitors.

This wasn't the first time the 6-4 230 Akeem Gonzales had visited Arizona State. The Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany offensive tackle, who was offered by the maroon and gold in the spring, came to Tempe during the Sun Devils' October bye week. Therefore, most of the sights he witnessed the last couple of days were familiar.

"I had a real good time coming back and seeing the campus," Gonzales said. "One thing that was different on this visit was that I did talk to an Aerospace Engineering professor, because that is what I want to major in. The head coach (Dennis Erickson) wasn't there last time I visited so I got to talk to him too. I also got to hang out with Kody (Kobensky) and Aderious (Simmons).

"I just love how beautiful the campus is and how everything is so close together and is really easy to get around."

Gonzales also visited with ASU offensive line coach Gregg Smith and both watched game film of the Sun Devils' front five.

"They (ASU) like athletic offensive linemen," Gonzales commented, "and that's why the coaches think I can fit in with them. They like me at left tackle, and the strength and conditioning coach (Ben Hilgart) told me that with the weight program they have at Arizona State they can help me add a lot of muscle because I have a good frame. They want me to get up to 270, 280 lbs."

The lineman is scheduled to visit Oregon State on January 14th, and indicated that he could also take visits to Nebraska and Washington.

"I could make a decision before the Oregon State visit but I doubt it," Gonzales noted. "I really want to check out all the schools I'm looking at before I make a decision.

"Right now Arizona State is my number one school because it's the only school I (officially) visited. I could see myself committing there but if I did I'd probably do so only next month."

The Warriors had one of their best seasons in school history during the 2010 campaign, finishing 12-1 and recording their only defeat in the second round of the playoffs to Servite.

"We did really well this year and I don't think that people expected us to be this good," Gonzales acknowledged. "Last year we were 10-3 and we obviously played much better this year. For the first time I also played defensive end. All the colleges are recruiting me on offense, but I had fun playing on defense too."

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