Tiger's Charlton adds offer; area track stars make college choices

The Pickerington Central football program has put together a fantastic group of athletes the last few years, the results of which have included a pair of state runner-up finishes.

Junior defensive end Taco Charlton is the latest member of the Tigers' program to become a prominent figure in recruiting circles.

Charlton has the athleticism to go along with his 6-foot-6, 245-pound body that has made major programs notice, and barring the unexpected is going to sign with a BCS school.

According to ScoutingOhio.com, Charlton was offered by North Carolina on Thursday. He already has offers from Big Ten schools such as Nebraska, Michigan, Illinois, Purdue and Iowa among the 14 that reportedly have offered. Schools such as Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Cincinnati are others looking to be in the mix.

One of the things that has to be making recruiters salivate is his speed: According to his profile page on ScoutingOhio.com, he runs 40 yards in 4.7 seconds -- that's blazing for someone his size. Charlton made honorable mention all-district last fall as the Tigers went 11-3.

Anyone interested in checking him out now can see him on the basketball court over the coming weeks for the fourth-seeded Tigers in the Divsion I district tournament.

*Two members of the three-time defending Division I state champion Reynoldsburg girls track team and a key member of St. Charles track program have made their college decisions.

Destinee Gause signed to compete collegiately for Florida on Feb. 10, and Raiders teammate Faith Washington was expected to sign with Vanderbilt on Friday, Feb. 17.

Although the Raiders have had numerous amazing athletes come through their program the last few years, these two have been the backbone of all three state-championship teams. They were major contributors even to the 2009 team that's probably the greatest girls track team in Ohio high school history. It should be exciting to see if they can help the Raiders make it four in a row later this spring.

According to a report in the Columbus Dispatch, St. Charles senior middle-distance runner Stevyn Spees will run collegiately for Army.

Last season, Spees ran on the 3,200 relay that finished second in a program-record 7 minute, 47.53 seconds at the Division I state meet. Spees also finished 11th in the 400 (49.5) at state. He also can run the 800 and 1,600, which should make him a versatile commodity for the Cardinals this spring as well as in the future.

Others throughout central ohio from the 2012 graduating class who reportedly have signed track scholarships include Gahanna's Jake Blankenship (Tennessee), Canal Winchester's Antonio Whitfield (Michigan), Hilliard Davidson's Caroline Hildebrand (Ohio) and Johnstown's Stephanie Loshbough (Ohio).

If there are any track athletes from the current class who have signed or are planning to sign that are not listed, feel free to e-mail me at julrey@thisweeknews.com to help me add to the list.

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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