Spartans Looking to Add DE William Gholston Who is Big and Fast for 2010 Class

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Those who have been longtime followers of the Big Ten all remember the name Vernon Gholston. The former Buckeye Defensive End wreaked havoc in opposing backfields during his four years in Columbus and was selected with the Sixth overall pick in last years NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Quarterbacks all around the country will be reluctant to hear that there is another Gholston on his way to the big time.


William Gholston, Vernon’s cousin, is drawing a lot of attention from many Big Ten schools including Michigan State. Gholston was in East Lansing last saturday for the MSU-Kansas basketball game and while Kalin Lucas and Co. were burying the Jayhawks Gholston put on a little show of his own. The 6’7” 240-pounder stood up during halftime, at the behest of the Izzone, and showed off a bicep that may even make his cousin a little jealous.


Perhaps as eye-popping as his arms is Gholston’s list of scholarship offers. He has racked up offers from perennial powerhouses Miami (FL) and Florida, while also listing offers from Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan along with MSU. He also lists Ohio State as one of his top choices but has yet to receive a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.


Outside of his physical gifts, Gholston also boasts impressive speed off the edge as a pass rusher and has played Linebacker in the past as well. Its no secret that MSU is looking for defensive ends in the next two classes, with Trevor Anderson entering his senior year along with Brandon Long and Dwayne Holmes graduating this spring and Gholston would bring both experience and versatility to an already promising young defensive corps.


It also helps the Spartan cause that Gholston attends Detroit Southeastern High School, the same school that gave the Spartans current WR Fred Smith. A commit from Gholston would not only help the Spartans on the field, but it would keep open the ever-growing Detroit PSL pipeline this staff has built.


Gholston is a no-doubt the type of player that would be a highlight for any class, regardless of the school. For MSU in particular, it would help lay another major building block for the 2010 class, the first being MLB Max Bullough who committed to play at MSU this past fall. A class with Bullough and Gholston at its core would surely draw in great recruits the way the early commitment of Chris Norman did for this past year’s class. Getting a player of this caliber would give MSU class with two top 10 in-state recruits in the 2010 class before the 2009 season even kicks off.


Although it is still relatively early in his recruitment Gholston has garnered plenty of attention and it will be a hard fought battle for his services over the next year. But Spartan nation can trust that the Spartan staff will be doing their best to get this Gholston to sport Spartan Green instead of the Scarlet and Gray.