"It's ‘Too Tall,' " Gholston told BuckeyeSports.com. "I got the nickname when I first got there and told them I wanted to play linebacker. My coaches started it because I'm 6-7."
With his frame (he is listed at 245 pounds), Gholston has drawn attention from schools across the country for his play on the field. After transferring to Southeastern for his junior season, Gholston went out and recorded 101 tackles including 22 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. In the process, he earned all-city and all-state honors.
Scout.com ranks him as the No. 12 defensive end prospect in the country, but Gholston said he considers himself a linebacker unlike his namesake: Ed "Too Tall" Jones, who played defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys for 15 seasons.
"I think I can play linebacker in college," he said. "Most teams are recruiting me to play there."
While lining up for Southeastern, Gholston finds himself frequently blitzing from his linebacker/defensive end spot. He will occasionally drop into coverage, head coach Donshell English said, but his primary business is rushing the quarterback.
According to English, business has been good for Gholston.
"It's his motor," the coach said. "He never stops. He's always wherever the ball is. Even if the quarterback gets the ball off and it's 15 or 20 yards down the field, he'll make the tackle."
His talents have drawn notice from schools across the country. Earlier this week, Ohio State officially stepped into the fray and offered Gholston a scholarship, putting them in the same category as the likes of Michigan, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Oklahoma and LSU, among others.
English said the Buckeyes have been around for some time, but Gholston said he will have to evaluate them first before anything else.
"I'm not just going to put them at the top of my list or anything like that," he said. "Don't get me wrong, they're a good school but there I've been talking to other schools longer. I have to evaluate them like I've evaluated everyone else."
That does not mean Gholston was not excited to land the offer from OSU, however.
"It was unexpected, to tell you the truth," he said. "I didn't expect to get that scholarship this soon. There really isn't too much to be said: there are a few schools where their school name speaks for itself, and there's nothing more to say. For me, I don't need too many more details about certain schools than their name because they're known for football."
Gholston said the primary factor he will be looking at when he picks a school will be his overall comfort level with the school and its coaching staff. To get to that point, Gholston said he hopes to visit as many of his top schools as possible.
OSU safeties coach Paul Haynes is recruiting Gholston for the Buckeyes.
"He's a pretty funny guy," he said of Haynes. "He seems like he's a good father. If he's a good father, then I know he's a good person."
Gholston, whose cousin is former OSU defensive end Vernon Gholston, said he has been surprised by the attention he has received. He does not have a timetable for narrowing his list.
What he does have is an appreciation for the recruiting process to this point.
"I didn't have any real idea what to expect, actually," he said. "It's going pretty smooth and easy and more positive than everyone said it would be. I wouldn't care if I only had two offers. That would be exciting enough for most people. Having any Division I offers is a good thing. I'm happy to have the opportunity to get more than one."