Mater Dei had one of the top offensive lines in the West last season and the scary part is all five starters return this season, including center Kekaniokoa Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is a true center and has all the skills needed to excel at the next level. He's a very smart kid, technically sound, a road grader in the run game and a very adept pass protector. He has a solid 6-2, 285 pound frame, is a tough kid with a tremendous off the field work ethic as well and is among the top center prospects in the region.
On the recruiting front, Gonzalez took a visit to San Jose State on Friday and landed his first scholarship offer.
"It was a great visit and definitely a great feeling landing that first offer," Gonzalez said. "The thing I noticed right away was the lively, energetic and family vibe from the coaching staff. I loved how coach (Joe) Bernardi (OL Coach) carried himself and the confidence he has shown in me.
"I was able to watch a practice, then take a tour of the campus, which is really nice. The facilities were really nice as well, they're doing a remodel but everything that I saw was great."
Gonzalez was also able to talk with new head coach Brent Brennan.
"He shared his vision of how he's trying to rebuild the program," Gonzalez said. "I like him a lot, the whole staff was great with me. Alonzo Carter, the RB Coach is a cool dude and they all made me feel very at home. It wasn't just about football either, they talked about life after football, which my mom liked a lot. Overall, I had a strong comfort level there and San Jose State is definitely a school I know I would be happy to spend my college career at."
Gonzalez has already visited Arizona State for Junior Day and has a few other schools he would like to get to.
"I want to visit Washington for sure and Oregon State too," Gonzalez said. "I'm going to try and get out to Purdue as well, they're showing interest. I don't have any set dates right now but that's what I'm planning.
"Right now, I'm open to everyone and have no plans to make an early decision. I want to play my senior season out and then weigh all my options. I'm very motivated and looking forward to the season getting here, I'll be ready to go."