A common theme among Michigan football recruits pursued by Brady Hoke & staff is the level of athleticism versatility many of them possess.
The class of 2013 will be no different. Case in point is Pickerington Central DE, Taco Charlton. At 6-6, 240 lbs., Charlton spends the football offseason on the hardwood as a physical rebounder and finisher down low.
Friday night Pickerington hosted and beat Grove City 74-63 with Charlton contributed 11 points to the victory.
"I did pretty good," Charlton said afterward. "Our team pretty much ran it. Our point guard took over so it was a good game. I get it where I can and play my role on the team."
An Ohio State fan growing up, Charlton lives deep in the heart of Buckeye country, but Michigan continues to pound the pavement in Ohio. As a result they’ve developed a nice relationship with the monstrous defensive end.
"I got a great foundation and communication with their staff," stated Charlton. "I like all the coaches there, I talk to them all the time so it's a great relationship that we have. I don't know what's going to happen in the future but you never know what could happen."
It's clear the effort and dedication the Michigan coaching staff is making to Ohio recruits. The strong impression they made at the onset of Charlton’s recruiting process is serving them well as the attention from other schools steadily increases.
"It started real early in the recruitment right when they offered me they started coming down, started talking to me, started visiting," said Charlton. "Ever since then it picked up. The recruitment has been going good, especially with them, and it's definitely a school I'm definitely looking at."
With the size and athleticism Charlton brings to the defensive line, the opportunity to get on the field early in Ann Arbor is greater than normal. That could ultimately be one of the most of the most significant factors in his decision making process.
"They definitely said if I come in and work hard that I could definitely rotate in early," Charlton said. "If I do see that, I'm going to commit to Michigan and see what happens there. I'm going to definitely do my role, work hard and try to play early and if not then I'll work hard and work my way up."
Charlton will make his way up to Ann Arbor next weekend to visit the wolverines and take in the Michigan basketball game as they host Ohio State.
"It'll just be great to get a chance to talk to all of the coaches you know Mattison, Hoke," said Charlton. "I got a chance to talk to Singletary and Montgomery and Coach Smith just them right there was great, especially that they came all the way down to Ohio to see me. That just shows that they're showing love to me already."
The question now is how much of that love will Charlton reciprocate when he is in Ann Arbor next weekend. Might a commitment take place while he is on campus?
"It might be a little slight chance," Charlton said with a smile. "We'll see how things go after the visit, then we'll talk after that. I definitely want to enjoy the visit first."
For the video interview with Charlton as well as highlights of his performance on the basketball court just click play below.