Orson Charles is rated by Scout.com as the best tight end prospect in the state of Florida for 2009. That distinction makes Charles Scout.com's 4th best recruit at his position across the nation. Orson's move from Riverview to Plant this past year has paid off so far as his recruitment has skyrocketed as he's become more familiar with Aaron Murray and Plant's scheme. With his scholarship close to 30, Orson says he's just been soaking it all in.
"I've been chilling mostly," said Charles of his recruitment. "I'm enjoying the process, and I'm up to 29 offers now from some of the best programs in the nation. I'm somewhat surprised by it all to be honest. Now that summer has started I've been taking a lot of visits. I've been to LSU, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Notre Dame, Illinois, Purdue and UCF so far. The visits were pretty good and I enjoyed myself."
"All of the visits were even across the board. I liked LSU's academic center. Georgia's coaches are cool and I like Coach Richt. Aaron Murray has been saying some things here and there about me going there. I went to Miami for their camp. Randy Shannon showed me around and we talked about some stuff that I had questions about. Overall the visits helped out."
When James Coley came to Florida State Orson was one of the guys he pegged as a target for the offensive side of the ball for this class. Being that Coley would be Orson's future position coach if were to come to FSU, Coley has been working hard recruiting the standout from Tampa. Charles told NoleDigest that so far that work has helped FSU.
"Florida State is definitely a school that I am still looking at. I've been there 2 times with Aaron (Murray), but I haven't really checked it out yet. I'm not sure of the plans when I will get back there but I think I am scheduled to go to the Showtime camp later this month. I like FSU and I like Coach Coley. I'd say him, Coach Lane from LSU and Coach Pannunzio from Miami are the coaches I have the best relationships with. I know Coach Coley wants me at FSU because he sends me mail every day. With them I've seen enough, now I just need to get to know the coaches better and see how they use their tight ends this year. I know Coach Jimbo Fisher wants to use them more so I am going to pay attention to how he does things this year."
Next up on Charles' agenda is the prestigious nation 7-on-7 tournament that is being held at Oregon in a few weeks. He says while he is out there he plans on checking out some of the schools out west, then after that maybe heading home to hopefully trim his list.
"We're going out to the 7-on-7 at Oregon soon. That's going to be big and I am excited about that. After that I am going to the Elite 11 with Aaron so I can catch some balls. When I am out there I am going to check out USC and UCLA so I can get a feel for them and what their coaches are talking about. When I get back I am going to sit down with my mother and talk some things over so I can maybe trim my list down before the season starts. Right now all of the schools are equal so these visits are important."
Orson isn't sure when he'll make his announcement as he ha toyed with the idea of making the announcement at the All-Star game he plans on playing in. Right now he is enjoying the recruiting process so look for a decision after the season. If FSU can utilize their tight ends the Charles' satisfaction, they'll be a major player when it comes decision time for Orson. Coach Coley has done well establishing the relationship, now FSU has to produce on the field. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Orson, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.