Orson Charles and other Georgia recruits to crash G-Day

Orson Charles (Tampa Tribune)

Orson Charles (Tampa Tribune)

Orson Charles, star of UGA’s longest recruiting battle since Herschel Walker, is serious about football. Charles is so serious about football that he surrendered his final spring break as a high schooler in order to attend Georgia’s spring football practices.

That says a lot. Some of Georgia’s current football players would pick the sand over the grass turf every day in the spring, given a preference.

Charles is the celebrated tight end recruit from Tampa’s Plant High. While many of his classmates chose to go as far away from school as possible to a beach, Charles opted to go as far away as possible from school to another school. He has been observing some of Georgia’s practices this week. Charles said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Georgia is where I want to be on my spring break,” Charles said. “I don’t want to be at home. I feel like I am at home right now in Athens. It’s tough watching the practices, though. I wish I could put the helmet and pads on and get out there. But it feels great to be here this week. Hey, I’ve got my whole life to take another spring break.”

Orson, don’t you want to have some fun before you enter the demands of college football? Come on. At least for another couple of months? You know, playing ball is a full-time job at the next level. Summer practice surely won’t be a day at the beach. “No. No, no. I’m ready to win. I want to learn all I can to help my team win. I’m ready for Georgia to beat Florida again. In order to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. We’ve got a tough schedule coming up, and we (the other Georgia recruits) need to be doing our part to get ready for the season, too.”

Charles picked Georgia over Southern Cal and Tennessee a month after signing day. His football future at Georgia is unknown. He’s unproven, but has the potential to contribute early at tight end. If anything, however, Charles has quickly proven he is a leader. He has been contacting fellow Georgia recruits, including wide receiver Marlon Brown and cornerback Branden Smith, about showing up at Saturday’s G-Day game.

“I talked to [Mark Richt], and we want everybody in the ‘09 class to be tight,” Charles said. “This class is not going to be about individuals. It’s about the team. We want to come together, chill on the sidelines, and support the team on Saturday.”

And Orson is serious about that. So serious he gave up spring break.

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  • 30 comments Add your comment

    John Ransom

    April 15th, 2009
    1:17 pm

    a if you so good den y don’t you do something about the georgia tech…there are more better educated and althetic schools like MICHIGAN STATE.!.!.!.!

    Prince Avenue freeze out

    April 15th, 2009
    10:55 am

    And Stephen Hill is…who? The Pink Pony’s next ID checker?


    April 11th, 2009
    4:47 am

    Orson Charles is NO Stephen Hill.

    Lil Q

    April 11th, 2009
    3:12 am

    Orson my man we can’t wait to have you on campus. This guy is a leader already!!


    April 10th, 2009
    6:02 pm

    I guess (xyz) are the only words he can spell correctly. typical bumble bee. My 7 yr old son ask me the other night,daddy how come that team wearing gold helmets won this year cause i never saw them beat us before. LOL !!! GO DAWGS & the hell with tech !!!!!

    Voice of Reason

    April 10th, 2009
    10:27 am

    by the way xyzjacket, what position do you play for GATech since you can’t wait to whip his tail this year. And don’t you realize that because he is coming in this year that he will completely miss the once in 8 years loss to Tech?

    Voice of Reason

    April 10th, 2009
    10:25 am

    you stay classy there xyzjacket…

    Now, while I think this is the kind of kid we need on the tem who is dedicated and understands that you have to work hard to be the best, it is not as though he gave up a beach trip for UGA. He lives in Tampa. Everyday he is at the beach! and from the picture, it doesn’t appear that he needs to work on his tan!


    April 10th, 2009
    8:35 am

    Just another thug going to UGA. Did they give him a #7 because that is as high as he can count? Is he majoring in welfare? Can’t wait to whip his tail in Atlanta this year. GT 2009 ACC champs

    Pago Flyer

    April 9th, 2009
    11:16 pm

    Not sure why a golf match is so important. We’re talking college football.


    April 9th, 2009
    11:03 pm

    So I’m trying it again……the dog jumped on the keyboard.

    It’s not choosing golf over Georgia Football. It’s choosing The Masters over Georgia Football. The Masters can be a once in a lifetime opportunity for some and I completely understand someone missing the spring game for a chance to see the world’s best golfers at Augusta National.

    I’ll be in Sanford Stadium on Saturday to see what some of these young guys can do and see how improved the secondary is. Will we even have a DL with all of the injuries???? Looking forward to a beautiful spring day between the hedges and for a healthy, injury free scrimmage!