2011 Spotlight: Akeem Gonzales

One of the early 2011 offers extended by the Washington Huskies went to Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, Ca.) OL Akeem Gonzales. The talented high school football prospect spoke with Dawgman.com recently and he updated us on where recruiting stands and his interest in what the Dawgs have to offer...

Gonzales played left tackle for a Warriors squad that went 10-4 and lost in the Section Championship game.

"I played mainly tackle, but I could play anywhere a school sees me playing," Gonzales said. "Schools all seem to like me at tackle right now. I'm 6-3, 235, but after the summer I usually am about 260. I just drop weight so I can wrestle."

Gonzales is an accomplished wrestler and actually had hoped to make Washington's Junior Day two weeks ago, but he was at a wrestling match and was unable to attend.

"Coach (Steve) Sarkisian was the coach that offered me and Washington was the first school that offered," Gonzales said. "Actually, they are currently my only offer, but Northwestern, UNLV, Oregon State, Cal, USC, UCLA and Arizona have all said they like me a lot and want to evaluate me a little bit more before they offer."

With Washington being the first to offer, Gonzales said they will be a school at the top of his list for the forseeable future.

"I mean, the local schools (USC and UCLA) are the ones I really hope offer just because it would give me a chance to play closer to home, but Washington will always be up there for me," Gonzales said. "I really like what they have going on up there and they beat USC last year with a really young team and a new coaching staff.

"I have a good relationship with the coaches (at Washington) and I'm probably going to go up there for their 'Rising Stars' camp whenever that is. I'll go to a few camps, probably USC's and UCLA's and maybe one at Arizona, but Washington is one I definitely want to get up to."

Besides football and wrestling, Gonzales also plans to participate in track this spring, taking part in the shot put as well as the 100 meters.

"I don't know how fast I run, but the coaches said I could try it and see where I stand," Gonzales said with a laugh. "We'll see. I guess there aren't a lot of 260-pound guys running the 100, but I think I can do it and not do so bad.

"It's mainly just to help me work on my explosiveness and keep me in good cardio shape for football."

Gonzales said before last season he maxed out at 285 pounds on the bench and posted a 250-pound power-clean and ran a 4.95 forty.

We'll continue to keep track of Gonzales' progress over the coming weeks and months and we'll update news as it happens.

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