February 6, 2009
Gholston planning junior day events
On Wednesday, the Wisconsin coaching staff put the finishing touches on of one stronger recruiting classes since head coach Bret Bielema took over at the University of Wisconsin. And though the ink is barely dry on the signatures from the 2009 crop, UW is now in the thick of recruiting the current juniors across the country.
One of the headliners on UW's big board is William Gholston, a 6-foot-7, 237-pound defensive lineman from Detroit (MI) Southeastern, one of a number of 2010 Michigan prospects already garnering interest from the Badgers.
"Actually, they (Wisconsin) are recruiting one of my really good friends, as well," Gholston told BadgerBlitz.com Thursday night, "I'm sure you've heard his name, Johnathon Hankins. We both go to the same high school and we're really good friends. Johnathon and I would like to go to the same college if that opportunity presents itself."
Let by the recruiting efforts of DelVaughn Alexander, Wisconsin is one school that has made an early impact in Gholston's recruitment.
"You know how you have a big brother? It's kind of like that," Gholston said in regards to his relationship with Alexander. "He tells us what we should and shouldn't do. He looks out for us and gives us good advice. That's the type of relationship I have with a few other coaches, as well."
With an unofficial visit to Madison already under his belt, Alexander is working hard to schedule his next trip to Wisconsin.
"I went on an unofficial visit last season," he said. "It was really well. I had a lot of fun. It was a great trip and there were a lot of pluses that came out of it. However, I never really got a chance to speak with the coaching staff. That's something I would definitely like to do in the future."
The brother of former Ohio State star, Vernon Gholston, William Gholston is looking to pave his own path and does not have any favorites at this point.
"I want to make my own traditions and my own legacy," he said. "My brother has done a lot of great things, but I want to work harder and be better. I want to go as far as possible and be the best at what I do. I wouldn't mind following in his tracks, but I want to be my own man.
"All the schools that are recruiting me are in consideration right now. However, there are some standout schools. I've made that known to the coaches at those specific universities. They know that they're a standout school, but I'm still open to everyone and I want to get as much information before I make a decision. I would say there are about 15 schools that I'm actively looking at and that I feel really good about."
Have you been to any junior days? Also, do you have any lined-up in the coming months?
Gholston: I planned on going to the junior day at Florida State. I'm going to the one for Michigan State, and I think the one in Michigan. I was trying to see when Miami had one. I would like to go to Wisconsin's junior day, but I don't know when that is. I'm not even sure if they set one up yet.
Note: Wisconsin will have two junior days this year. The first, for in-state prospects, is scheduled for March 1. To our knowledge, the second has yet to be set.
What position do you see yourself playing at the next level? To go along with that, what attributes make you a good football player?
Gholston: Honestly, I prefer to play linebacker. Either of the outside linebacker positions is where I would like to play there in college. I still feel I have a lot of work to do on the field, but I'm always able to get to the ball. No matter were the ball is, I try and get there. I know if I can get to the ball, I'll be able to make a play.
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