Union City (N.J.) offensive tackle Steven Gonzalez is probably more familiar with Rutgers than any of the other schools recruiting him, and this familiarity has put the Scarlet Knights in a good early position.
Part of that is the fact that he has been around Rutgers on more than one occasion. And part of it is due to the fact that they have recruited him well early.
Gonzalez is only a sophomore but he is generating a lot of chatter lately, in large part because of his performance at the New Jersey Rivals camp last month. He is up to five offers, and while he is going to listen to what everyone has to say it is obvious that Rutgers has set the bar pretty high.
"I've visited Rutgers and I went to the camp for Louisville my freshman year with my team but I didn't get to visit [the Louisville] campus too much. I just saw the practice facilities," he said.
"Rutgers is a great campus. I really like their campus. I think that's really nice. The coaches there are also very nice. I've been there a couple of times and it looks really cool. One thing that's important to me is being close to home and their academics are really good."
The 6-foot-4, 321-pound lineman said if he does not stay close to home in the Northeast then Florida is one state he could see himself playing in. He has a lot of family in the Sunshine State and considers that "like [his] second home."
He will be able to further familiarize himself with the state next month when he attends a summer camp at Miami.