A. J Gonzaque Class of 2021
Mission, TX QB/Athlete 5'11" 180 lbs
A.J. Gonzaque is a top tier talent out of his region down in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas where as an 8th grader he attends Mission Junior High in Mission, TX. A.J. is a standout quarterback for his school team, but Gonzaque is labelled as an "athlete" and utilized as such on both sides of the ball by his club teams; Mission Mustangs and San Antonio Outlaws.
At 5"11 180 and with good speed it is easy to put him at any skill position on offense and trust him to be a ball hawk in the secondary on defense. His talents went noticed throughout the state and even garnered him a spot in the FBU All American game in which he scored on a 60 yard touchdown reception.
A.J is a high character young man with that patented "Valley toughness" and work ethic. This comes about because the area simply doesn't get the respect it deserves when talent is mentioned in Texas, so the kids their carry a chip on their shoulder and rightfully so. He truly excels when he gets the ball in space whether it be a hand off, on the receiving end of a quick screen or when he's scrambling to make a pass this young man definitely knows how to find pay dirt!
As a skill player on defense/offense his ball skills are excellent which meshes nicely with his size and footwork. He is outstanding after the catch whether it be when securing a reception or an interception and he has a knack for turning it into a big play on either side of the ball.
However, as with all young athletes, Gonzaque does have areas to improve on before his upcoming varsity years. His size is definitely a weapon in all facets including blocking which AJ does do well, BUT, with his talent and ability I would personally like to see AJ improve into a dominant blocker and resemble the likes of an Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald and fully take advantage of his strength consistently. Gonzaque is also a tough and crafty runner with good speed.
A. J is a likable young man and anyone who knows him has high hopes for his success and wishes him well. In order to maximize his success he's just going to have to get faster plain and simple. A 4.9 40 is definitely a good start for an 8th grade athlete looking to excel into a scholarship, but it becomes ordinary at the varsity level.
There's no doubt A.J is already aware and working towards reaching the 4.5s ASAP as he is a very dedicated athlete who does work hard at his craft. The future is bright for young Gonzaque provided he stays healthy, continues to ignore the early hype, keeps working hard in the classroom and of course on his game.
A. J. plays Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Cornerback, Linebacker and even safety when called upon. His versatility is that impressive. I think any growth spurts remaining in his body will ultimately determine a clear cut position for him. I think he translates best at receiver at the next level. He has that rare combination of big play ability yet and combines that by doing the tough and small things many prima donna receivers just aren't built to do.