NFL coaching legend Tony Dungy provided guidance for one of Georgia’s top football recruits. Tight end Orson Charles of Tampa ended one of the nation’s most intense recruiting battles by signing with the Bulldogs over Tennessee and Southern Cal more than a month after signing day.
“I know Orson was having a little trouble making his decision,” Dungy said. “He had it down to a few schools. He came by my house and the last thing we talked about was, ‘Hey, just assume you get hurt the first day you ever step on campus. You want to go to a place where you’re going to enjoy the school, [the] players that you’re around, [the] coaches. And you’re going to able to have that great atmosphere outside of football. Don’t think of football, but how it’s going to be as a family.’”
“I don’t know if that influenced him or not. He decided to come to Georgia because I think he felt that here at [Georgia]. Those are the things that are important. In the long run, that’s going to be more important than playing professional football, or what position you’re going to play [in college], or anything like that.”
Dungy was at Georgia on Wednesday to promote All Pro Dad’s introduction to college campuses, kicking off with Georgia. Dungy attended the signing ceremony of Charles at Tampa’s Plant High, where Dungy’s son also plays for the football team.
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