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Just saw this online and I remembered a bunch of chatter about this kid not
even starting for his HS team, let alone qualifying for a Buckeye offer.
Does anyone really know if this kid is a starter for his HS team? He seems to be rated awfully high to not be a starter, so I am wondering if this was BS, just a bunch of hate for a local Ohio kid that turned away from the S&G or truth?
What's the deal on this kid? Anyone in the know that can set me straight with regard to
"nappy taco" charlton?
ESPN has this kid ranked as a four star and the #10 ranked DE?
Really? To not even start for his team, something doesn't seem right? Has anyone here seen him play and can assess his ability??
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Taco Charlton accomplished what he wanted to this spring and summer. He made his commitment, is a member of the ESPN 150 and mad
This post was edited by BuckNasty_MD 19 months ago
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I've seen him play live twice and on TV once and he made no impact on the game. Not sure about this season but didn't get very good reviews at The Opening. Put me down in the not a fan column.
I watched him twice last year (Pick. Cent. vs. Hilliard Davidson and vs. Iggy's). I feel that he is rated on his potential more than his output. He is a physically gifted kid but to answer your question, no he did not start for Pick Cent. He played alot and did make some plays but never really had that "holy crap this kid is good" moment.
I remember Mike Farrell saying he is very limited in the things he can do as far as a rush end. He said that he relies way too much on just running around tackles. He has no inside rush moves and had trouble picking up on what the coaches were trying to show him. It will be three years before he makes a real impact in college.
Put a bit of bait out there and look what it turns up!!
How in the hell can ESPN rank this kid the #10 recruit and he doesn't even start for his own school?
Wonder what would happen if I asked the same question on the scUM board? Likely would get banned, but I am sure they would be all over the "we got a kid from Ohio" and the "we STOLE one from Meyer" talk!!
By the sounds of your responses, its BEST if Taco goes to Ann Arbor as it will save us some grief!!
Thanks for the feedback!
Just saw this from Spongeworthy on the Front Row....
This is from a poster/UM fan at MGoBlog who attended the Pick Central/Marion-Franklin game who is writing about Taco Charlton. Even this UM fan thinks Taco is overrated! (But JC Shurburtt swears Taco is really good in shorts when he doesn't have to actually, you know, tackle, get off blocks, play football, that kind of shit.)
"As far as the "eyeball test," I must admit I was a little disappointed at Taco's lack of aggression. There were moments when a sure passing down approached, and I expected to see that pass-rushing prowess we all read about in 7 on 7's this summer, but I did not see it. The tackle guarding him was very large (some may say "fat," but I don't want to personally attack a kid), and VERY slow, so I was expecting Taco to beat him off the line, lower his shoulder, and destroy the QB. Instead, he relied more on his inside spin more than anything. I will suspect that perhaps, it was because the QB was a very good athlete, Taco was in charge of contain more than anything. Marion-Franklin sent a back to chip Taco's outside pass-rush, as well, which also would limit his opportunities. However, I feel there were times where Taco could have taken over the game but did not. I do not know if it is a motor issue, or the coaches playing him conservatively against a dual threat QB."
It's amazing that national recruiting analysts think they know more about Ohio recruits than the guys at Bucknuts because of what they see at camps/combines when these kids aren't even playing football. What a joke!
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Thanks Sponge as I was just asking about the exact same issue with regard to one
Read that guy's analysis of Jaron Dukes where he compares him to a "Tom Dempsey style kicker/WR hybrid"...since when did Tom Dempsey play WR? The man had only half a foot and one hand!
Marion-Franklin's a decent program. They lost in the D-II semi's last year 47-44 to Trotwood-Madison. But Pick Central as D-I runners-up should have won that game going away.
Could you imagine a WR with half a foot and one hand!!!
Taco is big and very very athletic but he just doesn't seem like he's a football player.
Doesn't stop Michigan fans from drooling over him.
We all know how this works. Each and every one of us have practiced alongside kids like Taco. We have played games against kids that come in highly rated and seem unremarkable. In both cases, you can only observe and evaluate a player on his merits and not potential. Some talented kids give the minimum effort and get by. They are satisfied being good enough.
These types of kids often get into a program and either excel or struggle. Either way, we tell anyone that will listen that we played against the guy and he sucked. While that may be true, that never precludes a kid like Taco, with all the tools and right motivation, to improve tenfold when he gets to a D1 college program. It often frustrates us to see an unmotivated, seemingly average player be celebrated and get a major D1 offer. But I've played college football and can tell you, there are skill sets that can be developed in a tremendous athlete that simply won't ever develop in an average kid that works hard. it is the injustice of football.
I also attended the Marion Franklin vs Pick Central game along with a buddy. Our observations was that he was very good at running to and finding the ball. He was making tackles all over the field. However, he seemed to have a problem with playing with strength and overpowering the man in front of him, especially against that tackle. At first we thought he was injured or in the doghouse because he didn't start (at least we didnt see him) and it took into later into the game before we started hearing his name called.
scums hard on for Taco has to be simply the fact that is he from Ohio......they make up a story and say OSU whiffed on him....and he wanted to be scum....thats what it has to be....because hes a mac level talent at best....maybe big east
Well..... some things never change,RichRod leaves Fatso comes to Ann Arbor (is a whore) and they still recruit MAC level talent! Oh well, as long as scUM likes him lol. We will take Joey Bosa,Adolphis Washington and players like them (:
I'm from Marysville, Ohio and Pickerington Central is in Marysville's conference. I've seen him play live 4 times and no, he did not start. Taco has had a few nice plays here and there, but he hasn't done anything that has "wowed" me yet. It's hilarious to me that Michigan is content with recruiting a player who doesn't even start for his high school team and it's even worse that Michigan fans believe that they stole him from us. In reality, he didn't qualify for an Ohio State offer. This kid is garbage and I'm glad Meyer can see that. I guess Jabba the Hut can't.
Taco has been rated as a linebacker-defensive end hybrid. He could do damage at that position because is good at finding the ball and is really lengthy. But if Michigan is gonna have him play with his hands down all of the time then hes gonna be a bust
Sooo true. Great analysis.
+1 for you, good sir.
~ Starve the Ego l Feed the Soul ~
I would not call the kid garbage. Thats a little harsh imo. Having said that, he is flat out terrible. I have been to every pick central game for the past 8 years and he is the most over rated player that I have seen. Last week vs Renoldsburg, he was getting pancaked by 210 lb olinemen. The coaches are very frustrated with his effort and his play. Very closed to getting benched for a soph on the JV team. Very lazy on the field, stops playing in the middle of plays and actually starts walking before the whistle blows.
I read where Taco had 16 tackles--3 For loss--a sack and was all over the field. Does anyone have his stats?
Don't they play Pick North this week?
I understand all the hate, your board, your perog. but his stats were 16 tackles 4 sacks 7 TFLs..
Season totals- thru 4 games- 49 tackles 16TFLs...? sacks ? .....not too bad
This post was edited by wingerine66 19 months ago
Are you sure you were there?
TomVH Tom VanHaarenDE commit Taco Charlton @thekidTC33 had 16 tackles, 4 sacks and 3 TFL in his game this past weekend
I doubt the coaches were thinking about benching him.
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