Irish move forward with Taco

Notre Dame signed Pickerington (OH) Central defensive back Eilar Hardy in its 2011 class, now the Irish are back at the school looking at class of 2013 standout Taco Charlton. Irish Eyes spoke with Charlton following the Nike Combine in Columbus this past weekend.

One of the top prospects in the Class of 2013 in Ohio looks to be Taco Charlton of Pickerington (OH) Central High School. At 6-foot-5, 238-pounds, Charlton is looking to take his game to another level and the Nike Combine was a good place to start.

"I feel I did well and learned a lot today. In the past I've been doing everything just from raw talent. Coming out here today was a good experience and I was able to learn more about the game."

One reason Charlton has interest in Notre Dame is former teammate Eilar Hardy. Would the Irish have an advantage because of his friendship with the incoming freshman?

"Of course, I'm really good friends with Eilar and everyone on my team is like a brother to me."

What type of contact has Taco received from the Irish?

"I got a chance to speak with Coach Hinton on the phone when I called him. We talked about going up to Notre Dame for a visit and seeing the campus and seeing a real good game like USC so I can get a feel for the atmosphere and see how they play."

While Charlton has the Irish high on his early list, there is more to the story than just his friendship with Hardy.

"It would be great to have an offer from Notre Dame. They have a great sports team and great academics. Notre Dame is a very prestigious college I could attend and know even if I don't go pro; I could come out and get a great job."

One of the questions many had about Charlton was if his future was on the football field or basketball court. It seems he's made his choice.

"At first it was going to be hard for me to pick between basketball and football. Now that I have seen the interest I'm receiving in football, I have placed all my energies to football. I'm concentrating on becoming the best play I can be."

While there is still plenty of time for Notre Dame to build a relationship with Taco, do not be surprised if several other programs take a heavy interest in the talented defensive end. Top Stories