Blinn's Gonzales is a hot commodity

He's one of the most physically imposing prospects out there, but Blinn DE Anthony Gonzales (6-5, 260) is a player who isn't satisfied with just relying on his natural gifts to be successful. The talented defensive end can do it all - rush the quarterback and stop the run - and that's what got schools from across the country clamoring to acquire his services...

Gonzales enjoyed an outstanding prep career at Copperas Cove High School in Texas and get plenty of recruiting attention as a senior, but because of his grades he was unable to qualify so he decided to head to Blinn to continue his football career.

"Blinn was a place I figured I could go to and be successful at," Gonzales told recently. "I wanted to go there to have a chance to play some ball and to get things straight academically and I've been able to do both of those because of the coaches and the support the program gives us."

As a freshman last year, the physically imposing Gonzales backed up Travis Stephens (who signed with Kansas) at strongside defensive end and managed to post over 15 tackles and two sacks. This year he knows it's his chance to show what he can do on a week to week basis and that excites him while making offensive coordinators in the Texas JUCO ranks sleepless at night.

"I'm good at stopping the run, but I feel like I'm best at rushing the quarterback," Gonzales said. "I learned a lot from Travis in how he approached the game and how he did things and what made him so tough to block. He was a great guy and it was mainly just him and me on the strongside, so this year it's my chance to shine.

"This summer I really worked hard on my speed and my strength. I got after it in the weight room and just focused on what I had to do. I'm stronger than I've ever been (he posts a 350 pound bench press) and my speed (4.65) has been able to stay where I want it to be and I'm real explosive (32-inch vertical)."

Those physical skills, accompanied by his non-stop motor are what has him at the top of a lot of D-1 programs' wish list at defensive end.

"I have offers from UAB, Tulsa, Kansas, Kansas State, Utah, North Texas, Houston and Southern Miss right now," Gonzales said. "Utah was my latest offer and I've been talking a lot with Arizona, California, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Arkansas and a bunch of other schools.

"I am planning on setting up my visits after the season is over, probably in December, so I'm just sorta waiting to see who offers. Then I can decided which five I ultimately want to visit.

"I'm looking for a school with good academics because you can only play football for so long and then you have to have something to fall back on. I learned that lesson out of high school, how important that it is. Then I'm looking for a good staff and a good program, where I can get good coaching and support and where I can feel comfortable."

Gonzales is on pace to finish up his AA in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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