Catching Up with Taco Charlton

By Alex on December 6, 2011 at 6:00p
TacooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooCharlton helped pace the Pickerington Central defense.

Pickerington Central has been very good to Ohio State over the last decade. AJ Trapasso, Zach Boren, Jamie Wood, Jacoby Boren, and Roger Lewis are all players who have played for the Tigers and who eventually committed to the Buckeyes.

As the Tigers' program continues to get better, they are putting more talent at the Division I level. That is a trend you can expect to see continue with the 2013 class, especially with defensive end/outside linebacker Taco Charlton.

In addition to having one of the cooler names you will see on the recruiting circuit, Charlton happens to be a pretty good football player. At 6-6/235, he is projected to play on the defensive line in college, but is fast and agile enough to play outside linebacker as well.

He is ranked in ESPN's Top 150 for the class of 2013 and already has offers from a number of BCS conference schools. That offer list is expected to grow as he takes visits and attends camps during this off-season and into the summer.

We had the chance to catch up with Taco to discuss the local product's recruitment, his thoughts on the Urban Meyer hiring, what his plans are going forward, and much more. Join us after the jump to learn more about Pickerington Central's Taco Charlton.

[interview done prior to Saturday's championship game loss to St. Ignatius]

How did your junior season go?

It's going well. We're in the state championship, so that will define how the season went.

What is going on with your recruitment? Who has offered and who has shown interest?

Recruitment is going well. I have offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, UCLA, Syracuse, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Pittsburgh. I have been getting letters from every school around the nation.

Who are you interested in hearing from? Do you have a favorite or list of top schools right now?

I'm interested in anybody at this point. I don't have a favorite right now and I want to take some visits first.

When would you like to make your decision by?

I haven't decided yet exactly when I'll make my decision.

What do you think of OSU's decision to hire Urban Meyer as it's head coach? How does that impact your decision regarding Ohio State?

I think Urban Meyer is a great coach, one of the best, so it was a great fit and decision. I grew up an Ohio State fan so they were never out of the picture and I know a lot of people that will be going there.

Has Urban Meyer or the staff reached out to you yet? 

No he hasn't and I haven't thought much about it. I've just been focused on my state championship game.

There have been a number of Pickerington guys to go to OSU of late. Is that something that will play to Ohio State's advantage? 

Yeah, that's always a positive thing, but I will make the best decision based on how I feel about the college. Having someone that you know at a college is definitely a positive thing though.

What is your plan now that the season is over? Any visits planned? Play any other sports?

My plan for after the season is to help my basketball team out. I will still be training for football by lifting weights and doing speed training. In terms of visits, I have no idea right now where, but I do plan to visit a couple of places.

What will be the most important thing to you when choosing your future school?

The most important thing for me when choosing a school is if they can make me the best player I can be. I also am looking at how I feel there and how comfortable I am in the program. It will be a very well thought out process. 

10. What do you want to work on this off season to improve before your senior season?

I want to improve on everything for next year. I just want to get out there and dominate games.



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Seth4Bucks's picture

I want him to don the Scarlet and Grey . .  . if for no other reason than the name!

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Love this kid. 

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

Hopalong's picture


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addman1405's picture

omnomnomnomnomnom #TACO

awwwwwwop's picture

As an alumnus of Pickerington Central, gotta say I'm proud to see so many good kids getting a chance to play D-1 and especially at Ohio State.  Hopefully we can get Jaime Wood a little more in the fold next year.

Edit: Watching running backs try to block this kid is hilarious.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

tampa buckeye's picture

For years pickerington has always had some great football teams.  Great to see the pipeline is going strong.

LABuckeye's picture

I wasn't expecting that coming on 11W right before dinner would suddenly make me hungry for Mexican.

DJ Byrnes's picture



Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Sgt. Elias's picture

I was thinking this as well. We need an "Octavian" and a "Bruno" to avoid a combo-breaker.

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

LABuckeye's picture

Wow... I don't see how that happens, but wow if it does. My wife just asked me if I would attend UCLA games if he was the coach there.

M Man's picture

There is thinking out there, that Coach Tressel may be advising some of the schools with vacancies, about how he feels about some of their candidates.  Rumor was that Tressel had been seen with Arizona's AD a couple of weeks ago; he'd have been in a good position to advise about what he had seen with Rodriguez in previous years.  It's not my impression that even the Bruin insiders are thinking about Tressel as a candidate.

LABuckeye's picture

Hope that is true... I would rather he not become a prominent coach somewhere else for the selfish reason that perhaps someday he will be another Woody and part of our lore. I still feel there is more to the story than we know and that Tressel's former image is not just an image.

awwwwwwop's picture

this is terrifying.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

Sgt. Elias's picture

I see your Plasticine ape and raise you one gimp...I imagine most people don't realize taco/mouth gifs are a thing.  And bless their unblemished souls for that. Damn you IT career...damn your eyes!



"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

bdegroff's picture

I was at the Ohio High School Championships last week and saw this kid play. He was pretty damn good. He was fast off the edge and had great closing speed. Not only that, he stood out in the crowd. There were a lot of big boys in this game, but I noticed him a lot more. With another year of high school ball left, I dont think getting an offer from OSU will be far off. Kid can play, would be cool to see him as a Buckeye

Mark's picture

I moved to Pickerington last Fall.  I live within walking distance to Central's field.  I've gone to every home & play-off home game since last Fall.  This team has had a lot of impressive players, many of which have gone on to OSU, Notre Dame, MAC schools, etc.  Taco has been by far the most impressive I've seen so far.  That was even the case last year when he was a sophomore.  From the stands, you can see how big he looks.  I didn't believe he was 6'6" because I know high schools tend to embellish sizes of their players.  I was a 5'9" 175# OG/MLB at my high school & our program listed me at 6'0" & 206#.  This year, I took my 4 year old son to the Pickerington Labor Day parade.  The 2 high school football teams were in the parade.  Taco walked within a few feet from me & he was all of 6'6"!  Maybe taller as I am 6" now & he towered over me.

I've been telling Chris & Corey about this kid since last year.  When he is on the field, he is either making the play or is very near the play.  I remember going to last year's Pickerington Central & Pick North game (the only away game I have gone to).  We arrived late  and had to be in standing room only because of the cross-town rivalry.  My oldest son was only 3 at the time, so I was busy making sure he did not get lost in the I hardly saw any of the game.  But all I could hear from the announcer was this kid's name in on what seemed like every tackle.

I'd love to see the Buckeyes go after this kid.  How a kid this size is 16 or 17 years old baffles me.