Gholson still waiting on a D-1 opportunity

As a walk-on at Boise State back in 2009, current Palomar DE Zach Gholson (6-4, 255) was good enough to earn some playing time as well as making the travel squad, but the Broncos didn't extend an offer and after thinking about things he left to see about finding a full-ride at a different school. This season the talented defensive lineman was a force for the Comets and recruiting has picked up...

"Things have picked up a little, but they could be better," Gholson told recently. "I just got back from visiting South Dakota and it was a good visit, but it was pretty cold so it's nice to be back down here in San Diego.

"They offered me on my visit and I really liked them, but I'm hoping I can play D-1 football, that's why I came here to Palomar."

As a prep at La Costa Canyon, Gholson got little in the way of recruiting attention, so he walked on at Boise State hoping to earn a full-ride with his effort and skills; it didn't happen.

"I redshirted in 2008 and then as a redshirt freshman in 2009 I made the travel squad and got some good playing time," Gholson recalled. "After the season, it was like 'am I going to get a scholarship' and when I talked to the coaches they said they weren't going to be able to offer a scholarship to another defensive end, so that's why I started to look to come back near my home.

"Where I grew up, it's right down from Palomar, so that was a big reason I chose to come here, but I also liked the coaches and they have a really good reputation of getting guys placed at four-year schools."

As a sophomore this season, Gholson played the left defensive end spot and had a solid season posting 69 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles.

"I was in on a lot of half sacks," Gholson admitted. "I actually had nine sacks, but when other guys get there too, they share the sack between the two guys.

"I'm a good pass-rusher, I never give up on a play and I have good strength so I can hold the point against the run."

In addition to the offer he received form South Dakota, there are also a few other schools showing him interest as well.

"I'm probably going to visit Stony Brook this coming weekend, but I haven't officially set that one up yet," Gholson noted. "North Texas was by last week and they really like me a lot and Washington State said they were waiting on some things before they offer, but they really seem to like me too.

"I talked to the recruiting guy down at Colorado and he said they are really interested, but obviously with their coaching situation, you can't really count on that at this point."

Gholson is eligible to sign with a school starting on December 15th and he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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