SoCal lineman looking for a Pac-10 home

Mission Hills offensive lineman Akeem Gonzales has been attracting heavy attention from several West Coast schools. This is probably advantageous for the Bishop Alemany standout since his pledge will be to one of the colleges in the region's premier conference.

"Recruiting with Arizona State is going really well," said the 6-4 240 Akeem Gonzales. "I'm trying to get down there for an unofficial visit before the season starts. Coach Trent Bray is recruiting me and I'm anxious to get down there and check out the campus.

"They offered me three months ago as a left tackle. I know they have a good program and I'm excited to check them out. I have some friends that go to school there and they like it."

Gonzales has also been offered by Arizona, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Utah, Fresno State, Colorado State and UNLV. The lineman has attended camps at both UCLA and USC but stated that he didn't take an unofficial visit to those campuses.

"Right now I plan to take official visits to Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and Oregon State," Gonzales commented. "I'm pretty sure that I will end up committing to a school in the Pac-10."

The Warriors were 10-4 in 2009. They shook off a 4-3 start to make it all the way to their CIF Division championship game where they lost 24-21 to Mira Costa. Gonzales was selected to All-Mission first team and was an integral part of an offensive line which helped produce over 2,400 yards passing and 22 receiving touchdowns, as well as over 1,800 yards on the ground and 30 rushing scores.

"I'm trying to gain weight right now in my workouts," Gonzales remarked. "That's what I'm really focusing on. I want to get to 260 lbs. when the season starts. I feel that I'm a better pass blocker right now because I have pretty quick feet, but I need to get stronger too.

"Most of the schools are recruiting me an offensive tackle and that's the position I do want to play in college. I just need to add more weight. Playing defensive end too has really helped me play at offensive tackle. I know how that position thinks and what kind of moves they will try to put on you."

The lineman doesn't anticipate an early decision to the school of his choice, but on the other hand could see himself pledging as early as the midpoint of his season after he took some official visits.

"I'm gonna sit down with my coaches and my family, look at what all the schools I visited have to offer me and make a decision," Gonzales said. "I'm looking for a school with good weather, how far a school is from my home so my family can come and watch me play and a program that I get along with the people there."

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