Orson Charles played his junior season at Riverview High, where he has 12 catches for 325 yards and two touchdowns. He transferred to Plant, where he'll play with 4-star quarterback Aaron Murray in the fall. That is a move that has paid off for him, as he's garnered more recognition since making the transfer in January. Charles says he is shocked to see the offers coming in this early.
"Recruiting is going really good. It's crazy. I didn't think I'd have this many offers this early. I didn't think it would be like this. Iowa, Arkansas, Auburn, USF, Florida State, Florida, Ole Miss and UCF are the schools who've offered me. Georgia, Clemson, Louisville, South Carolina and Tennessee are evaluating me and said they'd probably offer me soon."
Orson did an update earlier this week saying that Miami has been his favorite school growing up, and that they are the favorite for him at this time. For Orson it comes down to the major he is looking in to, and if the Hurricanes offer it, they could possible land Charles' commitment.
"The fact that Miami's tight ends go to the NFL is what I like. If you are any good at tight end there is a chance that you'll go to the league and have success. Academically they offer one-on-one attention I want. I need to go there and talk to them about the major I want. I'm looking at construction engineering. If I like what they say, I'm not sure I'd commit, though. I want to be patient with this."
While the Hurricanes are high on his list, Charles says that he is pretty open to the whole process. One of the schools he is looking at is Florida State.
"FSU is a school I am considering. I don't know too much about them, but I am going to visit soon and I'm going to go to camp there. I've talked to many coaches there. I called up Coach Coley the other day and he was talking about getting me up there for a visit. Coach Fisher was the first coach I spoke to. He was telling me that if I committed, I'd be the only tight end they take. He wants me to come up to the camp and see what they are trying to do. Coach Dawsey was saying the same thing, pretty much saying they needed a tight end like me. School wise I want to get there and see what it's like. I mean, its FSU. Not too many people get offered by them."
Charles says right now he is focused on doing some research on the schools that have offered, and after he does that research he'll talk it over with his mother to determine how to proceed.
"I'm pretty open, and I'm just doing research on these schools. As I learn I'll sit back and talk with my mother and mentor to see what's up. My mom will play a big role in the decision, and what she says will be a lot of help. I know, like me, she wants to see the overall program these schools offer. I want the whole deal, and I want to be able to have an education to fall back on when football is over."
Orson, who also excels in track, is trying to work on his overall game, and is trying to add weight before he gets to the college level.
"I think my speed makes me stand out. I think my teammates would tell you that I have high intensity and motivation. I want to gain weight and get to around 240, but I want to keep my speed. I'm running track right now to do that. I run the 100 and 200. My latest times were 10.9 in the 100 and 23 flat in the 200."
Charles came to Plant from a smaller program in the Tampa area. Look for him to have a stellar senior season as he is playing in one of the best programs in the state. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Charles and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.