“The visit was great,” Gonzalez said. “Every time I come to Auburn it feels very good. It’s like a great atmosphere and a good vibe. I have learned a lot about the academics because I have been there three times.
“Everything has just been going great,” he added. “It feels like this is the place for me to be so I just decided that I was going to officially commit today and bring my talents here.”
A physical safety at 6-0 and nearly 200 pounds, Gonzalez was impressive as a sophomore for one of the top programs in Georgia, Stephenson High School. Showing those skills over the summer earned the offer from Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson, something Gonzalez said was huge for him as well as just his feelings on the campus and program at Auburn.
“What stood out to me is that it’s beautiful,” Gonzalez said. “It’s always sunny in Auburn. The other thing is my spirit feels great every time I come. I have been watching Auburn with Cam Newton and it’s like God watches over Auburn. That’s what stood out about it.
“They have had a big impact on me,” he added of Muschamp and Robinson. “They are the ones that were telling Coach (Gus) Malzahn that they needed to get me here. They have been talking to me and telling me I could fit into the program once I come here. Tray (Matthews) and the other safety (Johnathan Ford) are going to be leaving by the time I come here. I believe I’m going to come in and work hard and focus and I think I can play as a true freshman.”
Also looking at South Carolina and Ohio State, Gonzalez said in the end being closer to home was a big deal for him and his parents when he begins his college life in two years.
“The thing about Ohio State is that it’s pretty far from home and my parents wanted to be close and come to some games,” Gonzalez said. “I was liking South Carolina at one point, but when I went it wasn’t too much what I expected. I had some changed feelings about South Carolina, but I feel good about the decision I made today.”
Saying he’s planning on being at Auburn’s season opener against Louisville in the Georgia Dome as well as the home opener against Jacksonville State, Gonzalez said he’s solid with his decision but will still take some visits in the coming two years.