Recruiting

Quick Reaction: 3-Star TE Simon Gonzalez commits to Texas Tech

We take a look at Texas Tech’s newest commitment, plus a link to a couple stories about why he committed to the Red Raiders.

For the third time in the past five days, Texas Tech has added a member to their 2019 recruiting class. The Red Raiders started with two commits before last week. Now they added Bryce Robinson on Monday, La’Vonte Shenault on Wednesday, and now Simon Gonzalez on Friday night.

Here is some measurables and short details on Gonzalez:

Simon Gonzalez – Tight End (Magnolia West HS, Magnolia, TX)

Height Weight
6’4″ 240 lbs

Interest: SMU, Arizona, TCU, Texas State, Virginia Tech, Arizona State

Ratings: 83 by 247 / NR by ESPN / 5.6 by Rivals / 84.27 by 247composite

We didn’t know much about Gonzalez really until as of late. According to 247sports, he received his first offer in late February, and had double digit offers by late April. Gonzalez didn’t pick up his first offer Power 5 offer until Tech offered in late-May, his 18th offer.

It’s interesting that Tech has a commitment from a tight end. The only scholarship tight ends I can think of in this decade are Jace Amaro and Donta Thompson. The Air Raid system that Texas Tech runs doesn’t really use a true tight end. However, new coach Kevin Johns might have influenced adding a tight end to the offense.

I have a few thoughts on after watching his Hudl tape. The first thing I see is his that he looks a lot like a receiver despite being a tight end. His first two catches are outrunning defenders for big gains, and the third is an outstanding catch in the endzone.

His sixth and eighth play show his understanding of route running and how one has to improvise whenever a play is near dead. Finally, The fifth and seventh play show a lot of his blocking ability from both being on the line and out wide.

There is a lot of potential here with Gonzalez, based on a multitude of things he can do. Although he doesn’t look that big on tape (there’s a quote in the 247sports below addressing that), he could make an impact on Tech if he pans out.

Links: After his commitment, your Texas Tech recruiting sites both released free to the public stories full of quotes and insight. You should read them. Here they are:

  • Jarret Johnson of InsideTheRedRaiders and 247sports released a story about his overall recruitment. What’s mentioned in the story is a quote about what’s he’s looking for in a school, a Gabe Brooks evaluation on Gonzalez and a tease on yet another possible commitment to Texas Tech.
  • Matt Clare of RedRaiderSports has a bunch of quotes from Gonzalez about his visit, when he knew he was going to commit and who he visited with. A good insight on how his recruitment wrapped up.

So after having just two commits for the longest time, the class might triple within a week. The class is now ranked 59th according to 247sports and Rivals hasn’t updated the commitment yet, but it appears they will be around the same ranking. And is could be rising even more soon.

 

 

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