Several Schools Standing Out For Peter Gonzalez

Peter Gonzalez
Peter Gonzalez met Brent Pry on the field last week. (@Petergonzalez70)

Peter Gonzalez
Wide Receiver, Class of 2024
Catholic Central, Pittsburgh, PA
6-2, 195

The lineage is there for Central Catholic (Pa.) 2024 wide receiver Peter Gonzalez. His father played three seasons in the NFL after a college career at Pittsburgh in the mid-1990s.

The younger Gonzalez said he understands that connection. His high school sits just a few blocks from the Panthers’ campus. But Peter Gonzalez is giving each of his 13 scholarship offers an opportunity and has already seen a handful in-person for games this fall as he inches his recruitment along.

“It definitely plays a part with my father being there,” he said of Pittsburgh. “I was always like, I want to go to Pitt. But I want to carve my own path. I’m not counting Pitt out, but them having my father there isn’t a driving force for me picking them.”

Most recently, Peter was at Virginia Tech last weekend, for its game against Miami. He visited in the spring for practice, but this was his first gameday visit.

“I got there late, because I had a game Friday night,” Peter Gonzalez said. “It was definitely a ride up, but getting there, getting greeted by Coach (Rob) Branch, he showed me around. The stadium was packed early. I’m not used to that. There wasn’t an empty seat 20 minutes before kickoff. I got a walk around with Coach (Brent) Pry before the game and Coach (Fontel) Mines said what’s up, which meant a lot. ‘Enter Sandman’ was incredible. That’s definitely a top three entrance I’ve experienced. The fans were engaged the whole time and it ended up being a good game.”

Gonzalez, Rivals.com’s No. 21 player in Pennsylvania for the 2024 class, said he’s been in regular contact with multiple members of the Hokies’ staff. While he texts more with Branch (Assistant Director of Player Personnel), he also checks in regularly with Mines.

“They’ve been great the whole time, super genuine with me,” Gonzalez said. “You can tell they have a very family-oriented program, the way they treat me and my family. They take it seriously, and I felt that from them.”

On Oct. 1, Gonzalez was at Wisconsin for its game against Illinois. Though Paul Chryst was fired the next day, Gonzalez said he still considers the Badgers a viable option.

“Overall, they’re still one of my top schools and have been,” Gonzalez said. “My flight there landed just before gametime, so I was late, but the game was exciting. It was crazy, my flight landed (back home) and they had a coaching change. They called me that night to walk me through what happened, and I appreciate that. That showed they wanted to keep me in the loop. They’re still a top school with that coaching change.”

On Sept. 10, Gonzalez visited Penn State for its game against Ohio. He said he’ll return to State College this weekend for the Nittany Lions’ game against Ohio State. Gonzalez also expects a few Penn State coaches, including James Franklin, in attendance tonight at his game.

“I’ve grown up watching them, so the atmosphere at Beaver Stadium, there’s not much like it,” Gonzalez said. “They’re big on recruiting their home state, so they show a lot of love. I’m going back to get that experience, since I heard the ‘whiteout’ is one of the best in the nation. They try to make it to my school a lot, too.”

On Sept. 1, Gonzalez made the short trip for Pittsburgh’s game against West Virginia. He said he’s become quite accustomed to the Panthers, between the connection to his father and proximity.

“I definitely like Pitt and yes, that’s my father’s alma mater,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve been a fan since I was little. They come when they can, come out to see me play. Since I’m right

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