"It's been a rollercoaster ride already," Gonzalez said. "There have just been colleges coming in saying that they're very interested in my and it's been very crazy. … After the Rutgers offer, I really though a couple of Big East schools might jump in. I didn't think ACC or SEC would be there already. I hope it keeps up."
The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder is still growing but projects best as a tackle prospect at the next level. Gonzalez has offers from Virginia, Boston College, UMass, Connecticut and Louisville and said he is thankful to Rutgers coach Kyle Flood for starting momentum in his recruitment.
"I think Rutgers kind of got it started," Gonzalez said. "They're starting to recruit a lot of young talent, so a lot of schools are looking into that. I think after that, Louisville, Virginia, they really looked into me."
Gonzalez will camp at Virginia and Miami this summer and said recent offers from the Cavaliers and Louisville Cardinals are exciting because of conference affiliation and academics.
"I'm looking for acadedmics first and a prestigious conference and coaching staff," Gonzalez said. "Also, I'm looking for a good fanbase, good athletic facilities and early playing time. That's really it and something close to home. That's the main stuff."
Penn State did not offer Gonzalez, but hosted him on an unofficial visit that blew him away.
"Words can't explain it," Gonzalez said. "With Penn State, the campus, the surroundings, the stadium, it was really great. I loved the visit."
Gonzalez plans to camp at Rutgers, where he did last year and has a strong relationship with Flood, a former offensive line coach.
"They've been great, but really it's just waiting until September when they can contact me directly," Gonzalez said. "[Staying close to home] and New Jersey is one of my top options for which college I'll go to."
"He's just been telling me the same thing as always," Gonzalez said. "Keep exploring your options. Keep looking at each team in depth – who they have on the roster and he's just been helping me take it one step at a time."