June 20, 2009
William Gholston: The Future
The Michigan State Spartans picked up a big commitment earlier this week when Detroit Southeastern's William Gholston committed to play for the Green and White. SpartanMag.com caught up with Gholston briefly this afternoon and got a few quick quotes about what the future holds.
Gholston is a rare combination of size and speed. SpartanMag.com indicated earlier this week that from a physical standpoint he is probably a once in a decade type of prospect in the state of Michigan from a size and speed standpoint.
Spartanmag.com asked Gholston his current measurable and where Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi projects him playing:
"I am 6-foot-7, 250-pounds," Gholston said. "I will be playing both defensive end and linebacker for Michigan State."
Watching Gholston participate in linebacker drills at the Michigan State Camp it was amazing to see a player with his size show the type of agility he has.
Coach Dantonio was at Michigan State when the Spartans had DE/LB Julian Peterson. He was also at Ohio State when they had a player named Bobby Carpenter who played a similar role for the Buckeyes. Coach Dantonio understand how to take a player with that unique skills set and play him at both positions causing match-up problems for the opposition.
Gholston's commitment to the Green and White carries a lot of weight and it is sure to have an impact on some of the other players who are currently considering Michigan State. SpartanMag.com learned of Gholston's commitment through Mylan Hicks as he was excited that he was going to have Gholston as a future teammate.
Gholston talked about his role now as a recruiter.
"I will give them (other recruits) my personal opinion on why they should come to Michigan State," he said. "But I am not going to be telling them stuff every day. I would want that."
One of the reasons Gholston selected the Spartans was due to the comfort factor outside of football. He understands that players need to make decisions on where to go based on where they feel most comfortable. If football ended tomorrow would they feel good about their choice.
So what is next for the future Spartan?
"I know that I have to work hard and to not stop improving. I know I can always get better"
It is that type of attitude that should help Gholston become a dominant player at the next level. Look for much more on Gholston and his commitment to Michigan State in the next issue of Spartan Magazine. Click the links below to see several features on Gholston:
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