Michigan football fans from central Ohio will get at least two more chances to watch their future players, when Pickerington North's Jake Butt and Marion-Franklin's Jaron Dukes compete for their respective teams in regional championship games this weekend.
On Jan. 4, 2013, there will be another opportunity to watch a future Wolverine in action when Pickerington Central's Taco Charlton competes in the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl in Carson, Calif., at the Home Depot Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
Charlton, a first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division player who helped the Tigers win a share of their seventh consecutive league title as well as make the postseason for the seventh consecutive season, is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end who also contributed at tight end this fall.
At 6-6, 235, Charlton had 15 tackles for losses and more than 100 tackles on defense. He also scored three touchdowns.
This will be the second year of the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl. The West defeated the East 17-14 in the inaugural game Jan. 3, 2012.
The game is supported by the U.S. Marine Corps and will air on the NFL Network.
It should be fun to see if Charlton can continue to make big plays at the next level as he did throughout this season for Pickerington Central.