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

    Dawg de Texas

    April 9th, 2009
    10:51 am

    Pago — Dawg Fan is right. For one, you have the Masters going on, very close by. But he is also right that we’ll NEVER turn out the numbers that an Ohio or Alabama will for our spring game. And TRUST ME, that is a good thing!! Have you ever been to either one of those states?? For starters, there’s no Augusta National a few hours from Tuscaloosa or Columbus. There’s no Atlanta out there either. Birmingham, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Montgomery — are you kidding?? No way. I would open a vein if I had to live in either of them. They are boring, horrendous places to live. There’s hardly anything to do but get excited about a spring scrimmage. They live savage, uncivilized lives. Trust me, spring game attendance is not worth it…


    April 9th, 2009
    9:56 am

    Pago, Ohio State is not competing with the Master’s being played only 1-1/2 hours away on the same day. We will never have 80,000 for a G-day.

    Pago Flyer

    April 9th, 2009
    9:29 am

    How do you do a “crash” at G-Day? Let’s hope and pray about 80,000 show up. Ohio State expects 85,000 and they charge for tkts!


    April 9th, 2009
    9:28 am

    Just don’t let Orson near any crystal footballs! Oh, I forgot that there are none up there! Sorry “Dawg” fans but I couldn’t resist the opportunity. But seriously, I live in Tampa and Charles is considered to be a talent and a good kid by friend and foe alike in the high schools down here and that says alot about him. With the exception of one game every yeer, I hope he has a successful and productive career up there, especially when they play those Tenn Viles. But he knows what he’s gonna hear about every year in Jax!


    April 9th, 2009
    8:18 am

    Charles has a chance to be a special player and a special leader.

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    April 9th, 2009
    5:59 am

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    April 9th, 2009
    4:15 am

    That is what this team needs!!! When you take character, passion, and dedication as well as his talent level into consideration he might be the best recruit in quite some time. Keep at it big guy.

    kauai dawg

    April 9th, 2009
    3:42 am

    Sure glad Orson is a DAWG! Sounds good for our next few years. Leadership is a tremendous quality and this class seems to have some. Go DAWGS!


    April 9th, 2009
    2:17 am

    Now, Knowshon on the other hand….


    April 9th, 2009
    2:16 am

    Dang man that sounds great. Apparently Burnette is a class act as well. I hope they can continue the culture and carry the standard guys like Rennie Curran have started. Joe Cox is going to be great for that as well. With all the god given talent MS had, I’m not sure we are gonna miss him all that much….