STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Carlito Gonzalez has been committed to Auburn for almost one year now and hasn’t wavered on that pledge.
Gonzalez, a three-star safety from Stephenson High School, told SEC Country that a worry has entered his mind as of late. If Auburn doesn’t have a good season, there could be lots of turnover on the coaching staff. The longtime commit doesn’t think that’s going to happen though.
“Yes, it is a concern, but I have a feeling that Auburn is going to have a great season this year,” Gonzalez said. “I hope everything goes well and the staff can stay the same. If there is another coaching change, I will stay committed, but I will be keeping my eye on other schools.”
He did that when former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp left to be South Carolina’s coach, but the Tigers just always stayed on his mind even when that change came.
“There’s something about Auburn that I really love,” Gonzalez said. “I feel like the academic program is going to help me succeed and go on to the next level of my life no matter what happens. I just hope Coach (Gus) Malzahn is still there so I can play for him.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has turned his attention to getting other recruits to join him on The Plains. He mentioned four-star cornerback Tre Shaw (Cedar Grove High School, Ellenwood, Ga.) as being one of his top targets. His message to guys like Shaw is clear.
“I just tell them ‘War Eagle.’ If you aren’t playing with me, and I’m not playing with you, we’re going to have to see each other on that field,” Gonzalez said. “You can come with me and dominate together or be left behind.”
Gonzalez is ranked as the nation’s No. 27 safety and is the No. 39 overall recruit in the state of Georgia.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.