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Charles played as a true freshman in his first year in Athens. He caught 23 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns.
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.
One of Georgia’s top remaining targets appears to be Orson Charles of Tampa, an AJC Super Southern 100 selection who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 tight end by Rivals. Tight end Arthur Fontaine of Dartmouth, Mass., rated No. 4 by Rivals, recently committed to Georgia. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Charles said he hasn’t had contact with the Bulldogs since Fontaine’s decision, only discussing the situation with his teammate, quarterback Aaron Murray, who has committed to Georgia. Charles said he had no reason to believe the Bulldogs have withdrawn the offer. “Aaron said they still want me, and he wants to play with me in college,” Charles said. “And [Georgia assistant John Lilly] had told me to take my time to make a good decision, and that a scholarship would always be waiting for me at Georgia. I assume that’s still the situation.” Miami, which already has three commitments at tight end, appears to be the front-runner for Charles, who insisted Fontaine’s decision has no bearing on his decision. He also is considering Florida and Florida State, among others.
Orson Charles of Tampa, Fla., one of Georgia's top recruiting targets, said he nearly committed to Miami during a recent visit to the ACC school. "It crossed my mind, but then I decided I needed to come back home and talk over things with my mom and pastor, " Charles said. When asked to rate his trip to Miami, Charles scored it a "10." Explained Charles, "I really did enjoy myself. I got to talk with a lot of players. I feel like it is an up-and-coming program." Charles is a member of the AJC's Super Southern 100 and rated as the nation's No. 1 tight end by Rivals. He has 29 scholarship offers, and said Oregon appears to on the verge of making an offer. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Charles is one of two tight ends that Georgia is heavily recruiting, along with Arthur Fontaine of Dartmouth, Mass., who may be close to committing to Georgia but is also considering Boston College, Virginia and Maryland. Rivals rates Fontaine as the No. 4 tight end. Charles plays at Plant High with quarterback Aaron Murray, who has committed to Georgia. Charles, who declines to name any favorites, said he is finished visiting colleges for the summer and ready to focus on his senior season.