Huskies are high on Gonzales' list

Husky offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto made it perfectly clear on the Radio Show Saturday that he prefers quick and athletic lineman to big, hulking ones. A player who fits that mold perfectly is Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, Ca.) OL Akeem Gonzales and Washington was one of the first schools to offer the gifted athlete...

"I'm doing well right now, just getting ready for my senior year," Gonzales told when we spoke to him recently. "I've been lifting and running a lot and just working with my teammates because our first game is coming up real quick."

Washington was the first school to extend an offer to Gonzales back in February and since then at least ten other schools have offered including Oregon, Oregon State, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington State, UNLV, Colorado State, and San Jose State.

"I got a lot of interest during he spring, but I haven't talked to a lot of schools since then," Gonzales said. "I talk to the Husky coaches pretty regularly though, especially coach (Jimmy) Dougherty who recruits my school for them.

"I've talked to coach (Dan) Cozzetto a couple of times too, so I feel like I've gotten to know they pretty well.

"They all like me at tackle pretty much, just because of my feet and my athleticism. Arizona likes me at defensive end. They all tell me to keep working hard and to put on some size so once I get there they can use me where they need me."

Gonzales is an accomplished wrestler, being named the league champion as a freshman and placing fifth in the state that year, and finished third in the state the past two years.

"I shed weight for wrestling, so that's why I'm only 235 right now," Gonzales said. "I had hoped to be up around 260 by the start of my season, but it looks like I'll probably play in the 245-range this year.

"Most of the schools want me around 255 or 260 when I get there and then I can add size and muscle in their programs."

While he might not have the size you're looking for in a tackle prospect, he certainly has the strength, posting a 315-pound max on the bench, five reps of 350 pounds on the squat and a 300-pound max on the power-clean.

As far as visits on concerned, Gonzales said he plans to take all of his official visits and then decide sometime in January before letter-of-intent day February 2nd.

"I need to see the schools to get a good feel for them," Gonzales said. "I know for sure I will be visiting Oregon State, Utah and Washington right now, but I'll work on setting up the other ones as well, I'm just not sure who it will be.

"I want to take my visits after the season, so I can really focus on what I need to look at and see."

Gonzales and his teammates begin their fall camp on Monday (August 9th) and their first game is against rival Oaks Christian on September 3rd.

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