Charlton bringing relentless mindset to U-M

GBW was on hand for Pickerington Central's 45-24 win over Marion Franklin in week two of the high school football season. After the game, '13 Michigan commitment Taco Charlton talked to GBW about his winning attitude, his performance, his friend Jae'Sean Tate, and Michigan basketball freshman Caris LeVert.

After opening the season with a 28-15 loss to Cincinnati Colerain, Pickerington Central and 2013 Michigan commitment Taco Charlton were out to get a win— and Friday they and did so in impressive fashion.

"I just don't want to lose," Charlton told GoBlueWolverine after the game. "I hate losing. I lost last week and I knew I couldn't do it again. Wherever the ball was I was going to get it. The ball went to the other side and I knew I was running to the ball too, and that if no one tackled him I would tackle him."

Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison would have been proud of Charlton's effort in pursuit, something the 6'6, 240 pound defensive end is ready to bring to the Wolverines.

"Actually I haven't talked to him about it, but that's something I'm going to bring to him," said Charlton. "I'm going to keep on getting the ball. And I want tackles too. The team looks to me for leadership and look for me to hold down my side. A lot of times I hold down my side so they go to the other side, and I got to be expecting to run down the ball a lot too."

Charlton was chasing down Marion Franklin's offense all night. And even when Pickerington Central had control of the game late in the second half, the Tigers knew they couldn't let up on the Red Devils.

"We knew they were a good team, and we knew they could score points," said Charlton. "You watch them on film and we knew they could put up points fast. Our coach made sure that we stepped on their throat and we kept on going. Nobody was stopping—our seniors stepped up and our juniors and underclassmen helped us."

After the game Charlton took a second to console his future teammate in Ann Arbor, 2013 wide receiver Jaron Dukes. Dukes and Franklin aren't used to being on the losing end but Charlton offered his support.

"He was a little down after the game," said Charlton. "He didn't play his best, but I saw him on film and I know he can do way better than he did and he's a great player. He's going to have a great career—and he's 6'5. Who can cover a 6'5 receiver out here? Go to Michigan and they'll coach him up good, and he's going to be good there."

Hoping more Tigers of Pickerington Central make their way to Ann Arbor, Charlton and good friend 2014 small forward Jae'Sean Tate have discussed the Wolverines.

"That's my boy," said Charlton. "I'm always with him. He comes over to the house and spends the night, everything. We've got a couple classes so he knows he's welcome at Michigan and that he's got me and Caris up there; so if he wants to come he's got his boys."

"But his dad went to Ohio State so that pulls away too, and Ohio State's the home team—but Michigan definitely has a good chance at him," said Charlton.

Initially thought to be headed to the University of Ohio, Michigan freshman basketball player and former Pickerington Central Tiger, Caris LeVert, is already adjusting well to life in Ann Arbor. Charlton has big praise for the late addition to the 2012 class.

"He loves it," said Charlton. "I'm telling you right now he's going to be something special. I got to see it last year, and he just keeps getting better and he's going to keep getting taller. He just turned 18 so he's still young. He's going to be great."

If you missed highlights of Charlton's performance from week two, click on the link below.

Taco Charlton against Marion Franklin.

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