William Gholston and Mylan Hicks Commit to Michigan State

Johnny LawrenceCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

William Gholston, Michigan's consensus No. 1 high school player in the 2010 class, committed to Michigan State Monday night.

Word spread like fire after the announcement was discovered on the Detroit Southeastern student's Facebook page.

SpartanMag.com contacted Gholston this morning and received confirmation that he had indeed selected the Spartans over a host of football powers like Alabama, Florida, Louisiana State, Miami-Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Southern California, Tennessee, and in-state rival Michigan.

Gholston, a defensive end out of the increasingly "greener" Detroit Public School League, became the third Spartan commit from the high school conference.

Hours prior, MSU received a verbal dedication from Mylan Hicks, a cornerback from Detroit Renaissance.

According to Rivals.com, William Gholston ranks the 47th best prospect in the nation and seventh at strongside defensive end, while Mylan Hicks ranks 31st nationally at cornerback.

Classified as a defensive end on Rivals, coaches Dan Enos and Ted Gill recruited Gholston as a linebacker.  He will likely perform the same role as Julian Peterson did during his two years in East Lansing, splitting time at defensive end and linebacker.

The cousin of the sixth overall draft pick in the 2008 NFL draft, Vernon Gholston, is projected by many as the best defensive prospect to come out of Michigan since Lamar Woodley in 2003.

Hicks selected the Spartans over a host of other schools, including Michigan, Missouri, Purdue and Wisconsin.  MSU will need to replace five graduating players in the secondary and Hicks should see early playing time.

Head coach Mark Dantonio's success in Detroit's PSL is a welcomed change from the reign of former coach John L. Smith, who routinely avoided dipping into Detroit's talent pool. 

Gholston and Hicks join MSU commits Max Bullough, the nationally third-rated inside linebacker from Traverse City, and athlete Tony Lippett from Detroit Crockett.