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

    S.E. Dawg

    April 9th, 2009
    10:05 pm

    How can anyone choose golf over Georgia Football? I don’t care if it is the spring G-Day game. If so, how can they call themselves true Bulldawg Fans?


    April 9th, 2009
    6:03 pm

    DGD already Orson! Can’t wait to see you burn some corners!

    'ol dawg

    April 9th, 2009
    5:41 pm

    Showing up Saturday is very important for several reasons. ESPN will be the SEC second tier game after CBS for years to come, and a good turnout will aid the way they view UGA. Also, if this young man can come from Tampa, miss his Spring break to be here, certainly all of us that can should attend. GO DAWGS!!


    April 9th, 2009
    4:36 pm

    Sound like a kid who is ready to get after it, play ball like the old bulldog under Vince.


    April 9th, 2009
    4:28 pm

    i like this crop of recruits and their good qualities. chris burnette is going for valedictorian. branden smith was begging the coaches for a playbook before he even signed, and now orson. coach rich keep up the good work. i’d rather have a crop of kids like this over a star-studded class with bad character guys like the new tennesee coach got.


    April 9th, 2009
    3:54 pm

    Wow. That’s impressive. On the other hand, maybe it’s no beach, but there are far worse places to spend a sunny spring afternoon than in Athens, GA.

    Chris Medeiros

    April 9th, 2009
    11:46 am

    I would hope anybody that can make the spring game will come! An empty stadium will not look good.


    April 9th, 2009
    11:29 am

    I like this guy already. Maybe with more press like this the whiners will lay off the mindless “it factor” talk.


    April 9th, 2009
    11:16 am

    Sounds like this kid has a good head on his shoulders. Nice to see a young man who looks poised to be a leader and an example to the rest of the team.

    Dawg de Texas

    April 9th, 2009
    10:53 am

    On the other hand, I am very proud of this Georgia team and a lot of this year’s recruits are saying all the right things. Good luck to these guys!! We’ll be pulling for all of them. And, out here in Austin, I’m actually going to take a break from the Masters to check out the G-Day game on ESPN.