Recruiting Update: Rhyan Anderson, Vernon Gholston

Two of the top defensive end prospects in the Midwest, Wisconsin's Rhyan Anderson and Michigan's Vernon Gholston, made visits elsewhere over this past weekend. Here is an update on where things stand with these two talented players.

Two of the top players in the Midwest made visits elsewhere over the weekend of Dec. 19.

Oak Creek, Wis., standout Rhyan Anderson visited Oklahoma this past weekend, while Detroit Cass Tech's Vernon Gholston saw Iowa.

Here are comments from each player following these visits:

Anderson -- Anderson is ranked as the nation's 11th-best defensive end in the country by theinsidersrecruiting.com, although some would say his numbers (38 sacks in two seasons) and offers (Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Florida and Miami) would warrant even higher consideration.

Anderson (6-5, 265, 4.7) visited Florida Nov. 28 for the Florida State game. Then, he saw OSU Dec. 5, USC Dec. 12 and Oklahoma this past weekend. He will wrap up his trips Jan. 16 at Miami (Fla.).

"I haven't narrowed it down at all," Anderson said. "Now I'm just waiting to take my visit to Miami."

Regarding his trip to USC, Anderson said, "I liked the way the coaches and players treated me while I was in California. It was a nice atmosphere."

Anderson came down with an illness during the trip to Oklahoma, but he still liked what he saw.

"Oklahoma has an indoor practice facility that is nice," he said. "Plus, they have a nice weight room and they're doing a renovation on their stadium."

Anderson said OSU is still in the running.

"(OSU assistant Luke) Fickell calls me a lot and every time he can he visits," Anderson said. "Coach Tressel hasn't visited here yet.

"I will wait until after my Miami visit to decide."

Gholston -- Gholson (6-3, 235, 4.5) has been busy with trips to Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa the last three weekends. He will see Ohio State Jan. 9.

"I would say Ohio State and Michigan are slightly ahead," Gholston said. "I may decide a week or so after my Ohio State visit."

Regarding his MSU trip, Gholston, ranked 35th nationally at the end position by theinsidersrecruiting.com, said, "I liked it there. It seemed like they are building a program there."

Then, regarding Iowa, he said, "It was pretty nice. The coaches are nice. I liked the weight room and the program they have there."

Gholston also found time last week to come down to Columbus to watch bowl practice.

He holds a 2.9 GPA and scored a 930 on the SAT.


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