On Sunday, OSU got a verbal commitment from Detroit Cass Tech defensive end Vernon Gholston. He committed to OSU before returning home from his official visit to Columbus, picking the Buckeyes over Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa.
"I just felt that it would be a better fit for me at Ohio State," Gholston told Bucknuts.com. "It seemed like they had a little more interest in me."
Gholson (6-3, 245, 4.4) said his decision came down to OSU and Michigan. He was hosted at OSU this past weekend by Troy Smith. He was recruited to the school by new co-defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
"I got a chance to hang out with a couple of the guys and they all seemed like a good group of guys," Gholston said.
Gholston, ranked 36th nationally at the end position by TheInsidersRecruiting.com, played offensive guard, linebacker and defensive end for Cass Tech. He ended his senior year with 103 tackles and seven sacks.
"I played mostly linebacker, but in certain situations I moved to defensive end," Gholston said.
Gholston was named first-team All-Detroit and first-team All-Michigan in Division I by the Detroit Free Press.
"He's one of our most dominating blockers and a three-year starter," said Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher, a former Michigan running back. "He started off playing the line when he got to us. Now, he's dominant. He's good with technique because he's already quick, fast and strong."
Gholston becomes the fifth Michigan player to commit to OSU in the last 10 years. Linebacker Marco Cooper, also a Cass Tech graduate, was the last in 2000. Quarterback Craig Krenzel and receiver Ricky Bryant came on board in 1999. Fullback Charlie Sanders signed with OSU in 1995.
Gholston benches 370 pounds. He holds a 2.9 GPA and scored a 930 on the SAT.