When Holtz arrived in Tampa he talked about building a wall around the Tampa area in terms of recruiting and this past weekend hosted several local standouts with hopes of doing just that. One of those prospects was Robinson receiver/athlete Ruben Gonzalez.
"I went to USF this past weekend, and I'm pretty much wrapping up the recruiting process," said Gonzalez. "It was a lot of fun, I went to the banquet, got to see how everybody interacts, and had a real good time overall."
"We did a lot over the weekend," said Ruben. "We went on a cruise on the water while we ate dinner, that was pretty neat, and something different, I liked it. We toured the campus and the facilities, went down to Raymond James Stadium, everything was top notch and real nice, I liked it all."
Ruben was hosted by USF freshman Terrence Mitchell, who being from Hillsborough HS, was another former local star, and that
"I knew Terrence from track meets back when he was still in high school, but never really got to know him before," said Gonzalez. "He was real cool and treated me real well. He didn't sugarcoat anything and was straight up about everything, and I liked that. He explained to me about the transition from high school to college, and how being a local player playing at a local school was, it was informative, and a real good time."
"My favorite part was probably the banquet, everything else I've pretty much already seen," said Gonzalez. "I never been to a college banquet before, it was down at the Hyatt, and it was real nice. I liked how they did all the highlights of the team, and how that things set up for the players. They had all these plaques set up with their picture, number and jersey, it was pretty sweet. They not only just honored all the seniors, but they take care of everybody. Terrence got an award for special teams players. It was nice."
"I was with Dre most the weekend, got to hang with Josh too," said Ruben. "It was a lot of fun."
Davis committed to Coach Holtz over the weekend, and did a little recruiting himself once his commitment was known.
"I didn't know for sure that he was going to commit. Well I had a pretty good Idea on Sunday right before he went in because we talked," said Ruben. "He tried to recruit me and Josh a little bit about it, but just a little. We all kind of know each other already, from seeing each other around, and playing on the 7-on-7 together, so we're already friends."
Being a local product, Ruben already knew most about the USF football program but did find out something knew academically about USF.
"I didn't know that you could watch surgery if you're in the medical program," said Ruben. "I'm looking towards medicine or the physical therapy area. They have a pretty good program there."
Ruben also got to spend more time with the USF coaching staff during the visit.
"I talked with Coach Holtz, Coach McGeoghan, Coach Smith, pretty much all of the staff," said Gonzales. "They talked about how they were interested in me, and how they saw me being used, all that kind of stuff, and all the meetings went well."
"It definitely helped," said Ruben. "I got to see more of USF, and how the Bulls were. If anything it helped a lot, and didn't hurt them one bit in my book."
The 3-star receiver already took his official visit to Purdue earlier, and is set to visits Iowa State this upcoming weekend. Gonzales said his recruitment is coming to a close, and he'll make a decision when he's through with his visits, so stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated.Click here for more info or to share your thoughts with other USF insiders -- get the inside scoop!