Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sayles: Texas A&M recruit full of surprises
By ESPN.com staff
IRVING, Texas -- LaQuvionte Gonzalez is one of those players who on the outside represents everything he's not on the inside.
And it's something he takes pride in.
One glance at the 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior from Cedar Hill (Texas) High School paints the picture of a rebel. Multiple tattoos on his arms. Blond tips all over his brown hair. A smirk on the face.
What people fail to realize is that every tattoo has a personal meaning. The smirk, usually seen on or around the football field, only symbolizes the determination and concentration he puts into every play.
The blond tips? Merely a fashion statement. It could be argued that his hair may help him get additional notice around the Cedar Hill campus.
"People are going to think what they want," Gonzalez said, "but until they meet me, they're not going to really know who I am."
And who is he? Gonzalez is the consummate team player and an electric athlete who can play as many as six positions effectively. He's an ESPNU 150 Watch List member who was offered by more than a dozen schools before committing to Texas A&M less than three weeks ago.
Gonzalez is Cedar Hill's go-to guy -- a high compliment considering the program is consistently loaded with BCS-caliber players.
"Whenever you look at him, the word 'explosive' comes to mind," Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said. "He's a home run hitter. He can score anywhere on the field. He's got great hips, great vision and great speed.
"Most importantly, he loves playing the game of football."
Gonzalez lined up at running back, receiver, defensive back, punt returner and kickoff returner last season for Cedar Hill. He rushed for 919 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 22 passes for a team-high 346 yards and five touchdowns.
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