A true game-changer, Gonzalez might be the nation’s fastest player in pads. Cut from the DeSean Jackson mold, “Quiv” is exactly what Kevin Sumlin felt was desperately needed on offense, even following a record-breaking season during which A&M was virtually unstoppable. The sub-4.4 blazer is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the football via handoff, short screens or deep passes.
A&M coaches plan to utilize Gonzalez’s unique skills in their four-wide attack in the same way they used big-play specialist Patrick Edwards at Houston. Edwards produced 1,752 receiving yards and 20 TDs for Sumlin at Houston in 2011. He could be very similar to West Virginia All-American Tavon Austin.
Quiv’s 4.3 speed is certainly eye-catching, but one needs to see him in person to fully appreciate how much faster the 5-10, 165-pounder is compared to the rest of the guys on the field. More than Lone Star talent scout says Gonzalez is one of the fastest players to come out of Texas in years. His ability to get behind any defense and stretch the field is an obvious strength, but his remarkable quickness makes Gonzalez one of the state’s top-15 college football prospects. Quiv is so quick that he’s extremely difficult to jam coming off the ball. He also possesses uncommon acceleration into and out of his cuts. The combination makes him the perfect fit in the slot.
As a senior in 2012, LaQuvionte ran for 1,421 yards and 20 TDs on 179 carries and caught 34 passes for 441 yards and 4 scores while leading Cedar Hill to the 5A state title game. He was Honorable Mention All-State, first team All-Area and 7-5A Offensive MVP.
In 2011, Gonzalez hauled in 22 passes for 346 yards and five touchdowns and toted the rock 105 times for 919 yards and 11 TDs.
Gonzalez had long been a household name in recruiting circles and was being recruited as heavily as any player in Texas. When he committed to A&M he had offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Clemson, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Nebraska and Notre Dame, among others.
Stats2010: 27 carries for 251 yards and 5 TDs; 15 receptions for 209 yards and 1 TD
2011: 105 carries for 919 yards and 11 TDs; 22 receptions for 346 yards and 5 TDs
2012: 179 carries for 1,421 yards and 20 TDs; 34 receptions for 441 yards and 4 TDs
Honors2011: 5-5A Co-MVP
2012: 5A All-State Honorable Mention (AP); American Family Insurance All-USA Second Team (USA Today); Under Armour All-American; 7-5A Offense MVP; All-Area First Team (DMN)