WEIGHT: 250 pounds
HOMETOWN: League City, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: Clear Springs
247 COMPOSITE SCORE: .8567
NATIONAL RANKING: 926
POSITION RANKING: 66
STATE RANKING: 117
OTHER OFFERS: TCU, Oklahoma St, Arkansas, Minnesota
Gold is the latest in a series of Northwestern front seven players who will move to the Midwest after four years of Friday Night Lights in the Lone Star State. A few days ago, Pat Fitzergald tweeted out just how important recruiting the state of Texas has been to Northwestern’s recent success.
The Texas pipeline has helped build our foundation. Another layer will be added Wednesday.— Pat Fitzgerald (@coachfitz51) December 18, 2018
✌ days to Signing Day. ✍ pic.twitter.com/Yoj8y64nUO
Gold, who hails from the Houston area, chose Northwestern over offers from multiple Big 12/SEC schools, and is the second-highest rated defensive lineman in Pat Fitzgerald’s 2019 class. As of now, it’s uncertain as to whether Mike Hankwitz and the NU staff will utilize the 6-foot-3 250 pounder as a tackle or an end.
In his senior season highlights, Gold showcases his ability to make defensive plays whether he lines up at tackle or end. However, the most impressive attribute revealed in his high school tape is his run-stopping ability as he uses a quick first step at the line of scrimmage to plow through offensive lineman and slow down the ballcarrier. His current stature probably isn’t large enough for him to have his way with opposing Big Ten lineman, but if Gold can add some weight in the next few seasons, he certainly will have the opportunity to become a viable part of Northwestern’s defensive front in the coming years.