Football recruiting: Chazten Gonzales follows his heart, walks on at Oklahoma State

The former Del City High School quarterback overcomes setbacks, ready to play football again.
by Scott Wright Published: January 28, 2013


photo - Del City High School football player Chazten Gonzales poses for a photo in Midwest City, Okla., Saturday, August 21, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Del City High School football player Chazten Gonzales poses for a photo in Midwest City, Okla., Saturday, August 21, 2010. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

DEL CITY — Chazten Gonzales knows he's a Division I quarterback.

TCU coaches told him so when they offered him a scholarship in 2010, his senior season at Del City.

Gonzales never played at TCU or any other school, and now he's out to prove himself once again, this time as a walk-on at Oklahoma State, more than two years after his last competitive football game.

Gonzales' football dreams were derailed by two devastating blows in the summer of 2011.

First, he learned that he didn't have the proper credits to meet NCAA Clearinghouse requirements, so he couldn't qualify for Division I football. Not long after, his brother, Ryan, was killed in a car accident.

“They were more than brothers; they were best friends. They did everything together,” said their father, Frankie Gonzales. “It hit Chazten real hard.”

In July 2011, just a few weeks after his brother's death, Chazten joined the team at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. But after going through three weeks of summer workouts, Chazten decided NEO wasn't the place for him.

“I convinced him to go to Langston, because that's where I graduated from,” Frankie Gonzales said. “But while he was up there, his mind wasn't ready. He was still thinking about his brother all the time. He didn't even go to class.”

In a matter of days, Chazten left Langston and moved home to Del City, where he began taking classes at nearby Rose State Junior College.

At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Gonzales continued pushing himself in personal workouts with his father. He thought about giving football another try at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, joining the program in the summer of 2012.

Just like NEO the year before, he made it through summer workouts, but he still wasn't happy.

“When he came home, we had a long talk,” his father said. “You've been going to a lot of schools, and it seems like you're really not sure what you want.

“He told me, ‘Of all the schools I've looked at, I really want to go to OSU.'”


by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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