|Pickerington (OH) Central defensive end Taco Charlton poses with
fellow 2013 commit Shane Morris
(image via Twitter)
Charlton is a 6'6", 240 lb. outside linebacker for Central, but he projects to start out at weakside end for Michigan. He claims a 4.8 forty, a 315 bench, and a 345 squat. He had 40 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 7 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery as a sophomore in 2010. I have yet to find statistics for his junior season.
ESPN: Unranked DE
Rivals: 4-star DE, #183 overall
Scout: Unranked DE
247 Sports: 4-star OLB, 93 grade, #9 OLB, #143 overall
Charlton was offered by Michigan in September 2011. It was known that Michigan sat at or near the top of his list ever since the offer, and he was rumored to be on the verge of committing for the last few weeks. In fact, most message boarders seemed to think that Charlton was the mystery recruit planning to announce on Sam Webb's WTKA show yesterday at noon, which turned out to be Wyatt Shallman instead. Charlton waited until late Saturday evening to share his commitment.
Much like with fellow Saturday night commit Chris Fox, there aren't a whole lot of Charlton highlights available for analysis. Those that are available show a long, lean, athletic kid with a good motor . . . who's just kind of out on the field chasing after the ball. I don't see a whole lot of football fundamentals or discipline. He's a very raw prospect who, I think, needs to work on reading blocks and maintaining gap discipline.
Luckily for Charlton - and for Michigan - the Wolverines brought in a cadre of defensive end prospects in the 2012 class, so Charlton should have the opportunity to redshirt if necessary. He has the right attitude and athleticism to play at the next level, but he's a project. I imagine he will likely start out at weakside end at Michigan, but he could very well grow into a strongside end by the time his career is over.
He is the ninth commitment in the class of 2013 for Michigan. He was also the sixth player to pick Michigan on Saturday. In one day Michigan tripled its number of pledges. Charlton will join fellow Pickerington Central alum Tamani Carter, who will be a redshirt freshman safety this fall.