Interview: Army LB Commit Ray Gonzalez

Jeff Monken and his Army staff are hot on the recruiting trail. One fine commit the Black Knights recently picked up was linebacker Ray Gonzalez from Yorktown, Va. Ray sat down with ArmySports.com for an interview. ArmySports.com members, look inside to find out about this impressive future Black Knight.

ArmySports.com: What positions do you play?
Ray Gonzalez: My main position is defensive end, and for offense, I come in for receiver. But I was offered to play OLB at Army. 

AS: What is your height, and 40 speed?
RG: 6'2 220...average 40 is about 4.7.

AS: What are some things you feel makes you a great player?
RG: I feel I am good at pass rushing. I play until the whistle is blown and go 100% the entire time.

AS: What were some of your stats from your junior year?
RG: Was named the Conference 18 defensive Player of the Year. I tallied 110 tackles, including 60 solo tackles and 19 tackles for a loss. Also, I had 14 sacks, returned two interceptions for touchdowns, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

AS: Did you get any postseason honors like All-District, All-Region, etc.?
RG: our local newspaper, The Daily Press, listed me as a Daily Press All-Star, then I also got First team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region.

AS: Describe one big play you made during your junior season that really helped your team.
RG: In the first game the score was 10-6, my team up. With 13 seconds left in the half I got an interception on a screen play and ran it back for a touchdown. Our kicker made the PAT so the halftime score was then 17-6. That was my first varsity touchdown also. So that gave us a huge momentum boost and we ended up winning, 27-12.

AS: What were some of the things that attracted you to Army?
RG: The main thing was the military aspect and the opportunity to serve in the military after the academy, and being able to train to protect my country while playing the sport I love.

AS: When did you visit Army and what kind of things did you do during the visit?
RG: I got the offer on May 26 and went up to visit on July 16. When I got there Coach Dixon showed me the stadium, locker room, and meeting room. I saw the hype video for West Point, weight room, trophy room, players lounge, and saw the practice fields and indoor field. Then we went to the school part of the academy and I was shown the church, dining hall, the big area between all the buildings, and was given a tour of the academy grounds. Then we went back to Coach Dixon's meeting room and reviewed my film. After that, we said our goodbye's and left. I had a long discussion with my parents and we agreed that West Point was the best for me and I committed that day.

AS: Which coach recruited you for Army?
RG: Coach Bateman is the one who offered me.

AS: What other schools were interested in you?
RG: Old Dominion University was showing the most interest, along with William & Mary, University of Delaware, and Coastal Carolina...then I had numerous coaches follow me on Twitter.

AS: How are you doing in the classroom?
RG: Very well...3.8 GPA, known for being a good student, staying out of trouble, and being very humble. I took the SAT with writing once and scored 1100, so I need to retake it and then I'm going to take the ACT also.

AS: Will you be a direct admit or go to the prep school?
RG: I was told I can go direct, but I feel prep would be best for me.

AS: Is there anything else you think Army fans would like to know about you?
RG: RG:I will do everything I can to be the best player, and student, I can be...and Go Army, Beat Navy


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