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LaQuvionte Gonzalez picks up OU offer

2/16/2012

Before athlete LaQuvionte Gonzalez (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) could even leave school Wednesday, he knew it would be a busy rest of the day.

Because while in class, the junior picked up offers from Oklahoma and Illinois, his head coach Joey McGuire told him.

Gonzalez, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, is an amazing athlete and can play several positions, according to McGuire.

“He’s somebody that you cannot label," McGuire said. "You can’t say he’s a running back. You can’t say he’s a wide receiver. He can do a little bit of everything and do everything well.”

OU defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp called McGuire on Wednesday to make the official offer and also invited Gonzalez to OU’s second junior day on March 3. Gonzalez already has attended the junior days at Texas A&M and Baylor.

“He has incredible vision and really good speed,” McGuire said. “He can score from anywhere on the field. Offense, playing cornerback or on special teams, it doesn’t matter.”

McGuire said Gonzalez likes the Aggies a lot. However, he is also familiar with the Sooners, having camped at OU last summer.

The Sooners and Illini offers add to his ever-growing list that includes schools like Arkansas, Clemson, Nebraska and Notre Dame, among several others.

The offer to Gonzalez comes on the heels of OU missing out on wide receiver Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit). Oliver, who had a Sooners offer, verbally committed to Texas on Wednesday morning.

Oliver and Gonzalez couldn’t be more different in their styles of play but both get the job done. Oliver is 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds and has great hands, while Gonzalez is more explosive in space.

Because of OU’s stellar 2012 receiving class, the position isn’t a huge need at this point for 2013. Gonzalez, however, is a dynamic player that OU coaches feel they couldn't pass up.