Junior defensive end William Gholston will forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. The five-star prospect from Detroit Southeastern informed coach Mark Dantonio of his decision Friday afternoon and just signed his NFL Draft declaration.
“After thinking everything over and talking to coach Dantonio, I knew it in my heart leaving for the NFL was the best decision for me,” Gholston told Spartan Tailgate. “I want to thank everyone who helped me get to this point in my career and everything the entire Michigan State has done for me.”
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Gholston tallied 59 tackles, 12 for loss and 3.5 sacks while starting 13 games this season. Gholston also led the team in pass breakups (10) and tallied five quarterback hurries. After putting out a feeler to the NFL Draft advisory board and receiving feedback from Dantonio, Gholston is projected to be drafted anywhere from the late first round to second round. Gholston also said being a father to three-month-old William Gholston Jr. played a role in him leaving early for the draft.
“Every snap, every down and every step I take throughout life is for him,” Gholston said. “My son means everything to me because he is part of me in everything I do.”