Background and college
Born June 5, 1986 in Detroit, Michigan, Gholston attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan and was a student and a letterman in football where he played for head coach Thomas Wilcher. As a student, Gholston had a 2.8 GPA. In football, as a senior, Gholston was an All-State honoree as an offensive guard while racking up 75 tackles and six sacks on defense. Gholston, whose father was deceased, was mentored by Wilcher. Gholston's mother's name is Cheryl Gholston.
Gholston did not play football at Cass until his sophomore year and did not play on defense (at linebacker) until his senior year. He was originally interested in bodybuilding and working out, buying fitness magazines and working out in his basement before he was a teenager.
On November 3, 2007, Gholston tied two Ohio State team records for quarterback sacks in a game when he dropped Wisconsin QB Tyler Donovan four times for a total loss of 32 yards. Two weeks later he recorded three sacks against the Michigan Wolverines to lead Ohio State to its fourth consecutive win over the Wolverines. During the 2007 season Gholston recorded 37 tackles - 15 1/2 for a loss - and set a school record with 14 sacks in 13 games, breaking the former record of 13 sacks in a single season set in 1995 by Mike Vrabel. He tied the highest bench press score at the NFL combine with 37 repetitions at 225 pounds (102 kg/16.1 st). Gholston was one of two people to record a quarterback sack against two-time consensus All-American Jake Long in Long's NCAA career.
As a Jet
Gholston was taken by the Jets with the 6th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft.