Gonzales pulls in Husker offer

As Nebraska looks to finish a strong recruiting class for '11, only a handful of spots remain. And just recently an offer from the Huskers was extended to Akeem Gonzales, a stud athlete from Alemany HS California. In this latest update from BRR, Akeem talks about when and how Nebraska got involved in his recruitment and a possible visit to Lincoln in the near future. Get the latest inside.

For Akeem Gonzales and his teammates the 2010 season was a success, but if you ask him, it still ended on a sour note.

"We were coming into our last game undefeated (12-0) and lost to Servite by a touchdown. 12-1 is a good season, but losing that last game kind of sticks with you. It was on us though, we made too many mistakes to beat a good team like that."

With his season now behind him, Akeem say his sole focus will now turn to his recruitment, which up until now had been put on the backburner.

"Yeah, I'm ready to get out and see some schools now. I didn't want to take away from my senior season, so I've waited to take some visits. I'm ready to start those now."

What offers are you carrying now?

"I've got Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Utah, Fresno State, Colorado State, Arizona State, Arizona, UNLV and Nebraska."

How long have you had the offer from Nebraska?

"Not that long, maybe a month or two. They had been sending me letters, but then one of their coaches came by my school maybe a month ago. Then maybe a few days later my coach showed me the paper work that came with the offer.

"I know my coach talked to them a lot that day and he told me they were interested in me."

Have you spoken to any coaches on the Husker staff yet?

"I talked to coach Sanders and he offered me over the phone too, and I told him I wanted to visit. We didn't really talk about football that much he just wanted to get to know me, and he said that he thought I would be a good fit for their program. We didn't set up any visits then, I know they are busy with the bowl game stuff right now so it will probably be after that."

I know you play offensive and defensive line in high school, did coach Sanders mention where they see you at?

"Yes sir, he said they like me on defense. Maybe defensive end, or maybe defensive tackle. I guess it all depends on how heavy I get in college. I'm 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds right now, but my weight goes up and down. I can get up to 250 right now with no problem. But coaches say it's really hard to tell just how big I'll get.

"Right now I play both ways, offensive tackle on offense and defensive end on defense. This is my first year playing defense so it was kind of new to me, but I liked it a lot. I had 20 sacks I think it was."

Which position do you prefer, and how will that impact your decision?

"I don't know that it will, I mean I like both positions really. Offense is fun, but so is playing defense. I can't say I have favorite right now. I'll just play wherever the coaches want me to play."

Do you have any top schools right now, is there already a team to beat?

"No favorites yet, I'm open to all the offers I have, but I could say I have a few that are sticking out. I like Washington, Nebraska, Oregon State, Arizona State and Arizona the most.

"I just want to find somewhere I can fit in and have an impact on the football field. I also want to be some type of engineer, maybe an Aerospace Engineer. So I want to see which of those schools has the best engineering program too."

All those schools but one are out west, is Nebraska too far from home to get a serious look?

"No sir, I don't care about that at all. I can leave here with no problem. If I visit there and like Nebraska and feel it's the best fit, that's where I would go."

And while Akeem doesn't know a lot about Nebraska to this point, his older sibling did give him some sage advice when it came to the Huskers.

"I honestly don't know a lot about the program right now, but I have seen them play on television. I know they have a real good team every year and a lot of tradition in the program.

"My older brother told me that if I want to play defense and get to the league, Nebraska is the place to be."

Akeem has already taken one official to Arizona State, and has another scheduled to Oregon State on the 14th of January. We'll keep you posted when and if a Nebraska visit gets set up, so stay tuned.

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