Gonzalez Pledges to Penn State

Union City, N.J. offensive guard makes the call for the Lions during an unofficial visit to University Park Saturday.

Penn State has long had Steven Gonzalez atop its offensive line board. But that wasn't the case for Gonzalez.

The Union City, N.J. four-star offensive guard left the Garden State for University Park Friday with Ohio State number one and Penn State number two. By Saturday afternoon, the Lions were the only program standing.

Gonzalez became the second offensive line prospect to pledge to Penn State head coach James Franklin when he offered his word Saturday. The junior is the sixth four-star prospect to commit in the cycle, and 10th total.

"I think Penn State, once I start building a relationship with them, it's going to be a tight one," Gonzalez told FOS in January. "When I visited [last spring], I liked the facilities and the campus is beautiful. I just know that academics are great, and that [head coach James] Franklin is going to turn this team around and make it a championship team again and bring them into the glory days.

"I like the campus, and it's very close to home. [Receivers] Coach[Josh] Gattis seems like a cool guy, a nice guy, and I can't wait to get to know him more."

Gonzalez is the second interior offensive lineman to join the class. Philadelphia, Pa. Archbishop Wood guard Ryan Bates was the first back in February, and it is expected that Penn State focuses on the tackle position to fill its remaining linemen slots in the cycle.

Fight On State will have more on Gonzalez's decision once he leaves campus.

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