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City: Tampa, FL
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|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Aaron Murray||A+||6'1"/200||Plant High School (Fla.)||Quarterback||Georgia|
|Orson Charles||A||6'3"/227||Plant High School (Fla.)||Tight end||Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Miami|
Residing 1,054 miles from Athens will be a real bummer this weekend for Georgia commit Arthur Fontaine of Dartmouth High in North Dartmouth, Mass. Scout.com’s fifth-best tight end in the nation by will relegated to viewing Saturday night’s SEC showdown between the Dogs and Alabama on ESPN from his home. “I can’t go this weekend,” Fontaine wrote to the AJC in a text message. “But we’ve got a long weekend for the Tennessee game [on Oct. 11]. “I’m going to the Tennessee game.” Despite the temptation of taking in a game and touring campuses closer to home, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Fontaine said he’s remained loyal to the Dogs. “I haven’t visited any other schools,” he said. “I’m committed to Georgia.” Another prized-recruit, quarterback Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla. confirmed to the AJC Monday evening that he will attend Saturday evening’s contest in Sanford Stadium. It will be the first trip to Athens this season for Murray, a member of the AJC’s The Super Southern 100.
Orson Charles of Tampa, Fla., who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 tight end by Rivals, has been to so many college campuses since last spring for recruiting tours, prospect camps, or passing-league tournaments that he can’t quite remember them all. However, Charles will forever remember last Saturday: It was the first time he had ever seen a college football game in person. Charles made an unofficial visit to Florida to watch the Gators defeat Miami. He said Thursday night that he is not attending any games this upcoming Saturday. “It was a great atmosphere, I look forward to play in those type of environments in college one day,” Charles said of last weekend’s experience. Charles said one of the highlights was talking to Florida coach Urban Meyer before the game. The two have developed a friendship during the recruiting process, and Charles said he greeted Meyer with a big hug. Charles favors Miami, but is also considering Florida, Florida State and Georgia. He plays at Plant High with quarterback Aaron Murray, who committed to Georgia. The Bulldogs already have one 2009 commitment at tight end, Arthur Fontaine of Dartmouth, Mass. However, Georgia tight ends coach John Lilly has made it known that he would like to add one more, with the short list of candidates led by Charles but also including McEachern’s Terrell Mitchell.
Armwood’s coaches took unusual and lengthy measures to prepare for Georgia-bound quarterback Aaron Murray, according to ESPN.com. Murray, the highest-profile commitment for Georgia’s 2009 class and MVP of the Elite 11 camp, completed only 17 of 36 passes for 120 yards in Plant High’s 9-2 loss to Armwood. The game between the Florida powerhouses was televised on ESPNU last Friday. Armwood defensive coordinator Matt Thompson told the website that he regularly turned in 14-hour days over the summer watching film of Murray, and asked for advice from many people, including former NFL linebacker Keith Newman. Thompson considers Murray one of the most gifted and special players he’s ever coached against. How was Murray stopped? Thompson said he constantly switched between three- and four-man fronts. He also installed 36 different twists, stunts and blitzes, along with 15 different zone coverages. The result was relentless pressure on Murray, who rarely had time to set up when he passed, and found it difficult to scramble because of Armwood’s quick defenders. Plant’s offensive line appeared overmatched and failed to provide much protection for its leader. Murray was sacked four times in the first half by Armwood defensive end Ryne Giddins. Then when Murray rallied his team in the fourth quarter, his pass was deflected and intercepted at Armwood’s 26-yard line with two minutes remaining in the showdown. After the game, Armwood’s coaches had nothing but nice things to say about Murray to media outlets. Of course, the two teams are expected to meet again in the state playoffs. And Murray, who is known for being an ultimate student of the game, will likely be ready for any and all surprises in the next meeting.
Quarterback Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla., who has committed to Georgia, was intercepted with less than two minutes remaining in a 9-2 loss to rival Armwood. The game between the two Florida powerhouses was televised by ESPNU. Six prospects ranked in the nation’s top 100 prospects by Rivals participated in the showdown, including Murray and tight Orson Charles for Plant. Plant was on the 26-yard line in the fourth quarter when Murray’s pass attempt was deflected and intercepted, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Murray was targeting Charles on the play. He completed 17 of 36 passes for 120 yards. “Aaron pumped to fake out the safety and I had the corner beat,” Charles said. “At the last second, Aaron’s arm got hit. “We were all very disappointed. I was disappointed I couldn’t make a big play to help us win. We broke down the film [Sunday], and went over our mistakes. Hopefully we’ll get to see Armwood again in the playoffs.” Charles, a member of the AJC’s The Super Southern 100 and nation’s No. 2 tight end by Rivals, is favoring Miami over Florida, Georgia and Florida State.
Georgia-bound quarterback Aaron Murray will appear on national TV when Plant High plays Armwood at 8 p.m. on Sept. 5 in one of Florida’s biggest showdowns of the season. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Murray, who picked Georgia among 53 scholarship offers, is not the only elite prospect in the star-studded game. Plant High also features Orson Charles, an AJC Super Southern 100 selection who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 tight end by Rivals. Charles favors Miami over Georgia, Florida and Florida State. Armwood is led by Ryne Giddins (AJC Super Southern 100 and ranked the nation’s No. 4 weakside defensive end), Petey Smith (AJC Super Southern 100 and nation’s No. 33 inside linebacker), Angelo Hadley (nation’s No. 41 safety), and Mywan Jackson (nation’s No. 48 athlete). Murray apologized for not returning a reporter’s call. “Sorry, if I have not been in school, I’ve been at football practice,” he said. “And if I’ve not been at football practice, I’ve been watching endless film.”