By the time he reached high school and moved to Edmond, he was again pulling away from other runners. As a sophomore, he finished third in Class 6A in the 100, and in May he finished second.
His game-changing speed will be huge for the Bulldogs this season as he plays a bigger role on offense as a receiver and on special teams alongside star running back Warren Wand.
“It’s exciting to know that you put the ball in those guys’ hands and they have an opportunity to make plays,” Merideth said. “I think from a defensive perspective it’s something that keeps you on your heels knowing they can make something happen at any time. It’s a big advantage, a great opportunity for us and it can make things a lot easier for your offense because you don’t necessarily always have to drive 10 or 12 plays.”
Merideth also said colleges are impressed with Charlton’s physicality at cornerback, not being afraid to make the tackle.
But speed is what has brought him recognition, and for good reason.
“Just got to keep working at it and I’m blessed,” Charlton said.