October 30, 2011

Taco storms the field

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The list of juniors that watched Ohio State's thrilling win over Wisconsin on Saturday night read very much as a 'Who's Who' not only in Ohio but in the entire Midwest. Among the big name visitors was Pickerington (Ohio) Central product Taco Charlton. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end thoroughly enjoyed his experience at Ohio Stadium.

"It was crazy the whole time," said Charlton of the atmosphere. "The game went back and forth and it was an exciting atmosphere. The whole crowd was going crazy and I just enjoyed the atmosphere with my friends."

Charlton was late getting to the game and because of that, was not able to interact with the Ohio State coaching staff very much, but that didn't detract from his experience.

"Before the game, I got there a little late so I didn't get to talk to any of the coaches," he said. "After the game we rushed the field and by the time we got done with that, it was really late so we just got out of there."

Charlton said that being down there on the field afterwards made him feel like he was part of the game.

"It was crazy, the fans were going crazy, and you could feel like how it felt to win that game," he said. "I loved it a lot, it was great."

The night game at 'The Shoe' wasn't the first big-time atmosphere Charlton has witnessed this season, as the big pass-rusher has seen night games at both Michigan and Notre Dame already.

"The atmosphere at that game compared to the other games was right up there with the other games," he said. "I got to talk to the coaches at the other games and this one not so much but the atmosphere and the fans were crazy and everything."

On the recruiting trail, Charlton continues to get out on as many visits as he possibly can and things are beginning to take shape after checking out some of the top programs in the nation.

"Me and my Dad have talked about all of that but we're still at the point where anything could happen," he said. "We both liked our visits to Notre Dame and Michigan and Ohio State is always going to be up there. I like Cincinnati because that was (the first school to offer) and it's close. The visits helped a lot of schools out so it's going good so far."

After a slow start, Charlton and Pickerington Central won its last seven games to finish the season 7-2 and earn a playoff berth. The Tigers will host Dublin Coffman this coming weekend in the first round of the playoffs.

"It was a humbling experience, those first two games we got humbled," he explained. "We knew that we were going to have to earn these games and that teams weren't just going to let us win because we are who we are. That just made us hungry and in practice we go hard and in games we go hard."


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