"It's a weight lifted off my shoulders," Gonzalez said. "I feel very blessed for getting it, especially because it's Rutgers."
Gonzalez camped at Rutgers before his sophomore year and was on campus for the first time since getting his highlight film to the coaching staff.
"I was a little nervous, to be honest," Gonzalez said. "Once we started talking, I felt very comfortable. He asked me how much I like football and we talked about my strengths and weaknesses. He said he wanted me to know that I had a scholarship offer to go and play football for Rutgers University. It was a great feeling.
"It caught me by surprise at first. I wasn't going [to Rutgers] expecting to be offered. But then coach Flood met with me in his office, I had a feeling that something special was going to happen."
A 6-foot-5,310-pound tackle, Gonzalez spent practice watching the offensive linemen up close and talking with members of the program.
"It's always good to get to see the Rutgers staff and see everyone practice," said Gonzalez, who also visited for a practice during the season. "I learned a lot just by watching. I liked meeting all of the coaches again, and then the scholarship came and it made it that much better.
Gonzalez was admittedly emotional after receiving his first offer.
"To get a free education and to play football, it sounds like a great deal," Gonzalez said. "It's just such an honor to receive a scholarship offer. Rutgers has always been one of my top options for college."
Gonzalez plans to return to Rutgers for another spring practice and will also visit Penn State before the summer.