Spotlight 2015: OL Steven Gonzalez

Union City (N.J.) 2015 offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez has early interest from many schools following a strong sophomore highlight tape. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle spoke with ScarletReport.com to discuss the beginning of his recruiting journey.

At 6-foot-5, 310 pounds and still growing, 2015 Union City (N.J.) offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez is getting all of the information he can before his recruiting goes viral.

Done with his sophomore year, Gonzalez is already drawing the attention of colleges. Schools cannot directly contact Gonzalez until the end of the summer, but Union City coach Wil Valdez is already in touch with schools about him.

"A lot of schools have been interested in me," Gonzalez said. "He (Valdez) sent my highlight tape out to a lot of colleges and they find it pretty impressive. And he said to just keep calm about recruiting and think out everything before I pick."

Gonzalez specializes in offensive line at Union City and is close with former Union standout Josue Matias, who now plays for Florida State.

"He's totally my mentor," Gonzalez said. "Basically he's told me that Florida State's a really good college and good academics. Also, he's just giving me tips on how to get better at my position and about recruiting. He said not to choose too quickly because you're feeling might change.

"I can learn a lot from him. I've learned a lot from his footwork, because that's what I need to work on in my skills. That's one thing I ask Josue about."

Gonzalez said his favorite schools to watch are Rutgers, Florida State, Miami and Notre Dame.

He and his teammates visited Rutgers for a practice before the season, where he met head coach Kyle Flood.

"It was a very great experience for a sophomore," Gonzalez said. "I really wasn't expecting that, but I liked it a lot. I liked watching their practice because it was really high tempo and I learned a lot. Rutgers is one of my top options."

Gonzalez camped at a Rutgers lineman camp over the summer and is friends with former Union City and Rutgers standout Manny Abreu.

"Mostly, I know [offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski] and he's a really good coach," Gonzalez said. "I talked to coach Flood a couple of times. I like them a lot."


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