An all-state performer this past season as a junior, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) star Jeron Gouveia has actually been a standout for head coach Mickey Thompson each of the past two seasons. He has been an important part of a Stone Bridge varsity football squad that has gone 23-3 combined over the past two seasons.
A savvy performer, Gouveia had 76 “first hits” and four interceptions from the safety position last season according to Coach Thompson. He also had 19 assisted tackles and forced three fumbles.
“He just understands the entire game,” Thompson said of Gouveia, whose all-state honor was for his performance at safety. “He can play any position. In our first game [in 2006], we put him at fullback, quarterback, and even some at tight end. He doesn’t really practice at all these positions, but he got in there and stood out anyway.”
Understanding of the game is not Gouveia’s only asset.
“The main thing he brings is a toughness and an attitude,” Thompson said. “He’s not just a cover guy, although he can cover routes. He comes up and makes a big tackle. Around here, he’s known as a big hitter. He doesn’t just make leg tackles…he’ll come up and hit.”
Because of his football savvy and ability, Gouveia has drawn early interest from schools such as Maryland, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech. But, in recruiting, being a star in high school does not always equate to getting top Division 1 offers.
“I think he’s very close to getting some offers. It’s slow right now with coaches trying to tie up this class. Tech, Virginia, Notre Dame…those types of schools have expressed interest, but I think it’s going to take him going to camps at those schools before he gets some offers,” Thompson said.
“Jeron is about 6-2. He’s up to 183 pounds right now. He has run the 40 in 4.75. He usually runs in the 4.7s. He has been doing a lot of speed work. He needs to get faster to be a safety and bigger to be a linebacker. One of those two things has to get better. Right now, he has the film everybody wants to see. He’s starting to show the physical side. He has to get faster.”
Jeron is the son of former Washington Redskins linebacker Kurt Gouveia.
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