May 22, 2011

Taco took a lot out of Nike Camp

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Pickerington (Ohio) Central defensive lineman Taco Charlton always gets noticed by his unique nickname at first but when you see him on the field you forget all about his name and are more drawn to the potential dominance of the 6-foot-7, 240 pound star from the class of 2013.

The big time defensive end is still putting it all together when it comes to the game of football but there is no denying that he has all the tools to be successful at the next level when his time comes in a couple of years. Saturday the big man was at the Nike Camp in Columbus (Ohio) and it was an opportunity for Charlton to cut his teeth on the camp circuit.

"It was a learning experience," Charlton said. "This is the first big camp that I have been to. Usually I am playing AAU at this time but this is something I would like to do again."

Charlton's Pick Central team has been a powerhouse program in Central Ohio for several years now and other schools will need to worry when Taco starts to refine his game.

"I learned a couple of moves because usually I have just been playing where I go out there and get the man," Charlton said. "Now I learned things that I can use in games and things that can make me better."

The Nike camp is a non-pads camp so physical play is limited to a certain degree. For a physical player like Charlton it meant a little bit of a change of pace to what has made him successful on the field.

"I did well but I had to change some things up," Charlton said. "We weren't allowed to use bull rushing so I had to use some moves but I think I did well though."

Charlton is hearing from more schools as the months pass and after picking up an offer from Cincinnati early in the process has been hearing from other BCS schools including most of the Big Ten, Pac 12 and several SEC schools including LSU. Have the Buckeyes been in the mix however for Charlton who lives less than 25 miles from the center of campus?

"Definitely, I have people that I know that are already here or will be here next year so I know a lot of familiar faces that I am cool with," Charlton said. "It is also close to home and a team that I have liked since I was a little kid."

Central has sent players recently to Ohio State including Jamie Wood, Zach Boren and class of 2012 teammate Jacoby Boren. But those are not the only players that are familiar faces to him that will be wearing the Scarlet and Gray.

"I know Kenny Hayes that is coming here next year and he is one of my good friends from Toledo," Charlton said.

Charlton is in no hurry to make any sort of decision and knows that this will be one of the biggest crossroads of his life and wants to take it all in and make a wise decision.

"I am going to talk to my family about it but what really suits me as a player and what can make me better so college isn't the last place I play and so I can go pro," Charlton said.


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