Scout.com has recently updated their ratings on offensive and defensive players for the class of 2013 based on how they performed at The Opening. It is an event that gathers the best players in a class for seven-on-seven competition.
Among the individuals that increased their rating was defensive end Taco Charlton who committed to Michigan back in February.
Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN have all rated the Pickerington, OH native 4-star prospect as a very disruptive and punishing defensive end. Scout analyst Allen Trieu gave his thoughts about how Charlton did at The Opening:
I've wanted to wait to see Taco Charlton this season with pads on, in-game, before we made any decisions about moving him into the four-star range," said Trieu, "but after the entire national team had a chance to see him at The Opening, they felt he was too talented to keep out for now. He has a big frame, length, and athleticism to go with it. Right now, he relies a lot on his straight speed rush, but clearly he's a guy with upside who is going to only continue to get better with his technique and get stronger.
So according to Trieu, there's some room for improvement (especially with technique) but under Mattison and Hoke's tutelage, the sky is truly the limit for this Michigan man. Brady Hoke will only continue his torrid recruiting pace into 2014.