Stone Mountain, Ga.--A commitment since August of his junior season, four-star safety Carlito Gonzalez has seen a pair of different coaches in the Auburn secondary the last two seasons. Following the hiring of college and NFL veteran assistant Greg Brown on Saturday, the program has secondary coach number three on the way since his decision and through it all Gonzalez has remained strong and considers himself “100 percent” committed to Auburn..
“I think it’s just my relationship with Coach (Gus) Malzahn,” Gonzalez said. “I haven’t talked to him in a minute, but I’ll talk to him soon. I just had to stay loyal to them. It has paid off so far.”
Much like former AU defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff, Brown is someone who has a lot of NFL experience. That is something that Gonzalez said was important to him and shows what the Auburn defense is all about.
“It just made me feel better about the situation knowing he’s coached three Thorpe Award winners,” Gonzalez said. “Those were the best defensive backs in the country. I feel like he can teach us some stuff and we’ll turn Auburn into DB university. God opens doors and it’s just trickling down to everyone around me. I just like how everything is going and everything is going to go in the future.”
Watching as Auburn’s defense took significant strides forward this season, the 6-2, 190 Gonzalez said he likes the potential in the future for the group and he’s looking forward to doing his part next year.
“It just shows me that even though we’re less talked about there is something special about the way they played,” Gonzalez said. “I think we’ll make everyone better around us. We’re all men of God. We’re just real close and when I go on my official I think everything will be beautiful.”
A physical defensive back who has shown the coverage skills to be good in coverage, Gonzalez could be a good fit at safety for the Tigers and even as a nickel. Gonzalez said he’s confident in his ability to do either.
Carlito Gonzalez is scheduled to sign with the Tigers on Feb. 1st.
Joining early enrollee Malcolm Askew, Jordyn Peters and Traivon Leonard, Gonzalez said he is excited about the group of commitments and about their future on the Plains. While he’s still considering visits to South Carolina and Ole Miss, the defensive back said he’s solidly a Tiger and one of the reasons is his bond with guys like Askew, Chandler Wooten and others.
“I feel like it’s Auburn right now,” Gonzalez said. “It has been great. The have been committed for a long time too and it has just been us. I’m trying to recruit other guys. I just feel like something good is going to happen real soon.”