The spectacle that was the Michigan / Notre Dame game Saturday night has been the talk of the college football world for the last few days. The same is certainly true for the scores of football recruits that were in attendance. Pickerington (OH) Jr. defensive end, Taco Charlton was one such prospect. The c/o 2013 standout found himself in awe the pageantry surrounding the game and the drama that unfolded within it.
“I loved it,” said Charlton. “It was a great experience. The whole atmosphere was crazy. Right now, it is probably my top (game day visit). There were so many people and how crazy that crowd was… I haven’t seen anything close to that yet. I’m going to go to a couple of games but it will be hard to compete with that game.”
Long before the game began the Michigan coaching staff made their recruiting rounds. When they got to Charlton their strong interest in the talented youngster became abundantly clear.
“Right when I walked in, they showed me love,” recalled Charlton. “Coach Smith came to my school once, so right when I got down there he knew who I was. I got a chance to talk to him for a little bit. Then he brought me to some other coaches. I got to meet Coach Montgomery and Coach Singletary and talked to them for a little bit before the game.”
“I could tell that they liked me a lot. They said they watched my game from last Sunday at the Herbstreit (Classic). They said I was doing great and talked about how good I did. That was good. ”
One topic not discussed at length was a Michigan scholarship offer. Still, Charlton left encouraged about where he stands on the Wolverines’ 2013 recruiting board.
“It seemed like they were close (too offering),” he said. “They just said they liked me a lot. They asked me if I had any interest in coming up to Michigan at all. I told them yes, of course.”
During the game Michigan’s slew of commitments in attendance took over the courting process. That said, they were careful not to go too hard with their recruiting pitch.
“Everybody I talked to said they just loved the place and that it was crazy with how many people were there,” Charlton stated. “It was big deal about that and how sweet it was. It was not so much about them recruiting me. It was just soaking in how good it was and just soaking in the whole vibe. It was mostly the game and talk about that.”
The fans in the stands were a little less subtle with their messages, but Charlton happily took their clamoring for his pledge in stride.
“I walked around and under the fans knew who I was somehow,” he said laughingly. “They showed me a lot of love.”
Looking back on it all, the visit made an extremely strong impression. Michigan definitely improved its standing in Charlton’s recruitment, but he isn’t quite ready to announce a leader.
“I expected a lot coming in, but (Michigan) was even better when I got there,” he stated. “I didn’t know it was going to be that many people. Look how great it is. (Michigan) moved up a little bit that’s for sure.”
“But right now I don’t have no top (schools). I’m going to take my visits and then I’m going to take my top list. After the season I could probably give you a top ten or something around that.”