UNT recruiting target series — Joseph Gonzales

Joseph Gonzales spent a lot of time talking with coaches from colleges across the country over the last few weeks.

UTSA called. So did Navy.

UNT also showed interest in the Waco High standout and recently set itself apart from the other teams in the race for his commitment by becoming the first to offer a scholarship.

“I haven’t had a chance to get to know North Texas coaches yet and want to talk to them more,” Gonzales said. “It means a lot that they were the first to offer me. I wasn’t expecting to get an offer so soon. That really stands out. I look forward to talking to them and getting to know them a lot more.”

Gonzales, who is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, was a first-team All-District 8-4A selection last season. He projects as a guard on the college level.

Gonzales attended UNT’s junior day. Members of UNT’s staff also came to see him work out during spring practice.

New UNT cornerbacks coach LarMarcus Hicks is recruiting Gonzales.

“I really liked the new stadium and enjoyed my time at the school,” Gonzales said. “The coaches were all really nice. I talked to [UNT offensive line coach] Mike Simmonds. He seems like a really nice guy. I am going to keep in touch with him.”

UNT will has three senior offensive linemen and two senior defensive linemen projected to start in 2014 and is expected to sign a class heavy on linemen.

Gonzales could be a part of UNT’s efforts to bolster its offensive front in its 2015 class.

“Hicks came by to see me said he really liked my footwork,” Gonzales said.

While Gonzales has been impressed by what he has seen at UNT, he does not plan to commit any time soon.

“I am waiting to make a decision,” Gonzales said. “My parents want me to wait and see what my best options are as far as my education as well as football. I want to major in criminal justice. I want to be a police officer or maybe go to law school some day.”

UNT could be Gonzales’ next stop in that journey.

While Gonzales has yet to know UNT’s staff as well as he would like, he has been impressed with what he has seen so far. The number of scouts who came to UNT’s pro day this spring — something he heard about from UNT’s coaches — also made an impression.

Receiving his first offer from UNT just added to the positive feelings Gonzales has of the school and its program.

“It was very exciting,” Gonzales said of receiving his offer. “It was a good feeling.”

Mean Green blog recruiting series
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.

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