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


    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….


    April 9th, 2009
    2:17 am

    Now, Knowshon on the other hand….

    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
    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.

    Enough, already! « Get The Picture

    April 9th, 2009
    5:59 am

    [...] other hand, if you’re one of those “one door closes, another one opens” types, this ought to get you [...]


    April 9th, 2009
    8:18 am

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


    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!

    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
    9:56 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.

    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…

    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.



    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.


    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.

    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
    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.


    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
    4:36 pm

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

    '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
    6:03 pm

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

    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
    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!


    Pago Flyer

    April 9th, 2009
    11:16 pm

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


    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

    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!

    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?


    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 !!!!!

    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 11th, 2009
    4:47 am

    Orson Charles is NO Stephen Hill.

    Prince Avenue freeze out

    April 15th, 2009
    10:55 am

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

    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.!.!.!.!