USC was one of the first offers for OL Steven Gonzalez of Union City, NJ and recruiter GA Mangus is keeping in touch with the big tackle.
"I got a message from coach Mangus the other day," Gonzalez said. "We talk pretty regularly. I'm hearing good things (about USC). They are working hard. They are still a top 25 team. Coach Mangus is showing a lot of interest."
As are others. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer checked in on Gonzalez at his school Monday and left a strong impression on Gonzalez based on what he wrote on Twitter: "My Dad was proud of me B4 he was gone...after meeting Urban Meyers & attracting all of this attention..Damn man."
Gonzalez has not been to any games this season but will visit Ohio State after the season. The Buckeyes, USC, Wisconsin and Rutgers have been showing the strongest interest and are his favorites at this point. All have offered along with Louisville, Virginia, Boston College, Syracuse and Massachusetts.
Gonzalez doesn't plan to make a decision until National Signing Day 2015.