Gholston Gets to Know Green & White

Michigan State is all over the 2010 class and hosted a number of recruits, including William Gholston, for the first home game of the season last weekend. GSN caught up with the athletic 6-foot-7, 240-pounder to find out what he learned about MSU, why academics are so important and the programs he wants to hear more from.

Michigan State wasted no time letting William Gholston know they wanted him to be a Spartan. The MSU staff faxed him a written scholarship offer Sept. 1, the first day juniors could be offered under recruiting rules.

The 2010 prospect from Detroit Southeastern visited East Lansing this past weekend and saw the Spartans put a thumping on Eastern Michigan.

Gholston, who said he enjoyed the trip tremendously in a phone interview, got a chance to stick around town after the game and hung out with former Southeastern teammates Fred Smith and Charles Burrell.

"I've been talking to Charles and Fred about how Michigan State is, the environment and all that, getting a feel for the campus," Gholston said.

"I think it's a great program," he continued, "a good up-and-coming program. It's not a bad look at all for me, as far as the situation I would be put in, coming in, learning a new program, how the coaches are, how they interact with the players, how they treat you."

For Southeastern, Gholston moves all over the field, depending on where the team needs him in game situations. He sees time at defensive end, linebacker and safety on defense and tight end and wide receiver on offense.

"It really doesn't matter what position I play, as long as I play," he said when asked where he projects himself at the next level. "I believe I can play any position the coaches want me to play."

At 6-foot-7, 242-pounds, Gholston certainly has the frame to develop into a tight end or defensive end, a position his cousin, Vernon Gholston, and Ohio State grad who now plays for the New York Jets, excels at.

An athletic young man, Gholston also plays basketball and said he would certainly entertain the idea of playing both sorts in college, especially at MSU with Coach Tom Izzo, but he knows his bread will likely be buttered with football.

Gholston might be back next weekend for the Florida Atlantic game and is pretty sure he'll visit again when Notre Dame comes to town in two weeks. He's also looking to get to a Michigan game and plans on attending an Ohio State game against Wisconsin.

While it's very early in the process, Gholston does name several schools he's interested in. He's already hearing from the Spartans and Wolverines and hopes to learn more and hear from USC, OSU, Clemson, Wisconsin, Illinois and Cincinnati.

Gholston, an eager student of many disciplines who loves math and science, plans to study electrical engineering in college and has his head on right when it comes to planning for his future collegiate decision.

"I've got to weigh my options," he said. "I've got to pick the right program. I'm looking at academics before I look at athletics because you can play football anywhere — it's about the education you get."

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