If recruiting was a game, today Michigan would have mercy-ruled its opponent. In contest that was already out of reach thanks to the commitment of Christopher Fox, the Wolverines tacked on a 60-yard touchdown bomb from the back-up quarterback with no time left on the clock when they added Taco Charlton. The Pickerington’s star’s verbal was Michigan’s eye-popping sixth of the day. The latest news was not totally unexpected. The athletic defensive lineman mentioned to GoBlueWolverine last week that verbal to the Maize & Blue this weekend was possible. His visit to Ann Arbor today sealed the deal.
“It was just everything about it,” Charlton said. “After seeing that basketball game and talking to the coaches, you just couldn’t pass it up. It’s everything you want in a college. It wasn’t anyone I picked them over. They were just the best one out of everyone I had. They just felt like the right choice.”
The Maize Rage made its presence felt tonight also… and not just with the basketball team. Charlton took notice as well.
“They chanted ‘we want Taco,’” he said afterward. “The fans showed me a lot a love by saying that in a big game like the Ohio State game. Then my dad and my mom gave their blessing. They were telling me that (committing to Michigan) was what they felt best doing. It’s not too far away from home so they can come see me play, it’s somewhere that they can tell the coaches care for me, and they feel like I can become a man there… so I committed.”
The news sparked a reaction from the coaches that rivaled the reaction of the fans to Michigan’s stirring victory over Ohio State on the hardwood.
“They started jumping on me and jumping all around,” Charlton said laughingly. “It was fun. They want me to be the pass rusher on the outside that gets to quarterback using my speed. They think I can come in early and play.”
Charlton’s pledge takes Michigan’s 2013 commitment tally to nine. He chose the Wolverines over offers from UCLA, Syracuse, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Nebraska, Mississippi, Illinois, and Cincinnati.