Name to Remember: Steven Gonzalez
Feb 18, 2013
Union City (NJ) OL Steven Gonzalez
Union City High School’s Steven Gonzalez just might be the next big thing out of New Jersey, both literally and figuratively. The 6-foot-5, 310 pound tackle is starting to generate interest from schools but the Scarlet Knights were the very first to be in on the homegrown talent.
“I like a lot of things about Rutgers. I like the campus, it looks very nice. Between the campus, the athletic facilities, their great stadium, and passionate fans, I really couldn’t ask for much more. It’s a great place all around. Right now I’d say that they’re my favorite,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez has had the pleasure of visiting the New Brunswick campus a handful of times in the last year with the most recent one coming in August. Along with his high school teammates, the sophomore took in a practice and gave rave reviews for how Coach Kyle Flood runs his operation. He also got a chance to interact with line coach Damian Wroblewski at the big man camp in the spring.
“I talked to Coach Wrobo when I went to Rutgers back in March. I think he’s a really strong offensive line coach and he knows what he’s doing. He runs a very organized system and it really showed this year. They did great,” said the Union City standout.
Next year, aside from capturing the state championship, Gonzalez aims to land a scholarship offer from Rutgers and a few of the other schools that are in contact with him. It’s safe to say that he won’t have to worry about picking up offers.
“I think my pass blocking sets me apart from the other guys out there and the way I create space for my quarterback to throw and run also shows. For most of our packages, we do a wildcat where he would go one way or another and I’m able to go with it no matter what,” said the sophomore.
At the same time, Gonzalez knows what he’ll be looking to work on this offseason and for the remainder of his high school career.
“I’d like to work on my footwork and also my quickness. I feel like I’m a little too slow so in the offseason me and my coaches are going to be working on my footwork a ton. Once I get that down pat I’ll be fine.”