Vernon Gholston out of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI has made an impression on some major college football programs and has the offers to show for it. After missing five games last season due to injury, Gholston has been working hard in the off-season and ready for a big senior season.
As we reported in June, Gholston attended the Ohio State camp this summer and was offered. "I had a pretty good day," says Gholston. "The coaches like how I can play DE and LB. They also like my speed and pass rushing," he further explains. Gholston played offense last season but will move to defense for 2003.
Gholston says he likes the coaches, atmosphere, and winning tradition at Ohio State. He also says the most valuable lesson he learned while camping at Ohio State is hard work really pays off. Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, and Miami are the frontrunners among Gholston's favorites, and he will wait to make a decision after he takes his official visits.
At 6'3", 240 lbs, with 4.4/4.5 speed, Gholston has been working hard in the off-season get his ankle healthy and stronger to prevent injuring it again. "I have been stretching, doing a lot of legwork, agility drills, and just trying to get my balance better," explains Gholston. He says his ankle is 100% healthy now.
The ankle was injured last season as Gholston was running downfield on a kickoff and tried to hurdle a defender who was attempting to clip him. The defender grabbed his ankle and sprained it.
Gholston says his biggest strengths are his size, feet, and strength. However, he says he needs to study the game more to become a premier college player. In particular, recognizing formations and learning how to defend them since he played on offense last season.
As a DE this season, Gholston hopes to lead the state in sacks, and as a LB, he hopes to do as much as he can to help his team win the state title. This versatility of playing several different positions is the most important thing Gholston feels he can bring to a college team.
Known as "The Big V" amongst his teammates, Gholston is looking to stay healthy this season and continue his outstanding play on the football field.