Edrick Gonzales | Southwestern College | WR
Twitter: @Edrick_01 | Instagram: @EdrickGonzales
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose _____________ (list your school)?
A: I didn’t get to experience the recruiting process out of high school because I had no offers. I went to a Tyler Junior College tryout. I won the coaches. hearts over and earn a scholarship. My recruiting process began after I completed my second year at Tyler Junior College. I had several offers from different small schools, and I decided to go to Southwestern College. The reason I choose Southwestern is that I really enjoyed the campus visit and an opportunity to help build the program.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: First would be I received my degree this December. The next accomplishment was that I received several accolades during my two years playing at Southwestern.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at_____________ ( list your school)?
A: the importance of taking care of your responsibilities on and off the field.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major is Business Sports Management. If football doesn’t work out for me, I plan on getting into high school or college coaching as my career.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would say that I’m one of the hardest working players in the program and comes to work every day. He has relentless effort, fearless, respect for others, very humble, honest and great leader to follow.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: My most memorable play was at the junior college level where; I had my first collegiate start at slot receiver. That game I had my first catch which was a 55-yard touchdown, against our rival Trinity Valley.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge was not getting recruited out of high school playing at a big 6A high school, Euless Trinity which is a predominantly run offense. I knew I had to walk on somewhere and showcase my talent. I didn’t care where I played because I knew when I got the opportunity to showcase my talent it would be noticed. I ended up going to a summer tryout at Tyler Junior College and they offered me that day.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would compare myself to Wes Welker and Cole Beasley. My ability to get separation out of my route, acrobatic catches, for sure hands and reading coverage.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: One of my strengths is that I am an explosive play maker. I believe my crisp route running, quick feet, ability to change direction, shifty and create separation from defenders.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I’m currently not doing charity or mentoring work. I plan on doing it in the near future. When I get into coaching mentoring will be part of my job.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I started training after my senior bowl game under my father who is a strength and conditioning coach. I have a strategic plan to work on my speed, flexibility, agility and muscle strength. My goals are to test great numbers at all drills and interview with NFL teams.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be playing at the highest level which is the NFL and playing for the Chicago Bears.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I have a few hobbies that I enjoy doing which include anything outdoors such as fishing, camping, and hiking.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My parents they have always been the most influential people in my life. Without them I wouldn’t be the man I am today.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: The willingness to be myself.