Athletic OL at WSU for visit w/ Vols in mix

HE'S A JUCO offensive lineman taking trips to Washington State and Tennessee. He's a mid-year transfer and eligible to sign later this month. He's 6-foot-6 and college recruiters have told him he's got great feet. And he's officially visiting the Cougars this weekend.

David Gonzales (6-6, 275, 5.0) is in Pullman taking his official visit to Washington State. He was going to visit Tennessee this weekend, and the UT coaches had told him he had " a great chance of getting an offer while I'm there" but the Volunteer coaches later asked him to push his visit back until next weekend.

Todd Sturdy has been running the recruiting point for Washington State.

"He seems very genuine, very honest about everything," said Gonzales. "The way he's talked about the program, it all just seems very open and honest. It's a family oriented thing there, where the door is always open.

"It seems like from what I've been told it's a great place. It's a college town, really family oriented, it definitely seems like a nice place to live."

GONZALES SAID THE Cougs offered him because of his athleticism and aggressiveness.

"They like the way I pass protect," said Gonzales. "They talked about the way I play as far as being aggressive, and as far as being a smart player -- being able to pick things up during the game, seeing the things that are going on out on the field. They like that I play really aggressively and move well."

Despite his size at 6-6, 275-pounds, Gonzales runs a 5-flat in the 40. Originally a full qualifier out of Fresno's Central High, Gonzales has added 50 pounds and a couple inches to his frame since his high school days. He has 3-to-play-2 at the next level.

He's also picking up some honors and accolades now that the season is over.

"I was an All-Conference lineman for Northern California and then I got nominated for the All-State category and they're going to be voting on that soon," he said.

ASKED IF THERE was a college coach, out of the many that he's spoken to this recruiting season, that he'd forged a particularly strong bond with, Gonzales said both the WSU and Tennessee coaches have made strong impressions.

"I would have to say it's between coach Chaney at Tennessee and coach Sturdy from Washington State. They both seem like great guys who care about me a lot," said Gonzales.

Gonzales, who also holds offers from Marshall and SDSU, said Tennessee stands out in part because of fan support.

"From what coaches have told me, because I haven't been out there, it's a big town," said Gonzales. "And it's a great fan base...Tennessee has also definitely helped me a lot through the process of recruiting. They've helped me as far as the Clearinghouse goes and to make sure I have everything ready to transfer."

ANOTHER SCHOOL THAT has been showing Gonzales the recruiting love was Arizona but with Tennessee up next weekend, the Wildcats don't look to be in line for a visit this month. "I'm not sure about them, I haven't talked to them in a week and a half, two weeks."

For JC mid-year signees, while mid-week visits remain in play, there are only two weekends this month they can take official visits -- this weekend and next. The signing period for mid-year junior college transfers begins Dec. 16, and then runs through Jan. 15.

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