Orson Charles was a little known prospect before he made the move over to Tampa-Plant for his senior season. Now he is rated as a 4-star prospect and the 4th best tight end prospect in the nation according to Scout.com. After only catching 12 passes last year Charles has seen his production skyrocket as he plays in one of the best offenses in the state. According to Orson his season has been exactly what he had hoped it would be.
"My season is going good," said Orson. "I'm on a new team, in a new offense with Aaron (Murray) and so far it's been a good year. I am happy about what's been going on. We came back after the Armwood game with a chip on our shoulders and are now back on track."
Over the summer Orson made it known that once his season got underway recruiting would take a back seat to his team as they focus on making a run to state's. That focus has led him to over 400 yards already and 6 touchdowns. He doesn't say too much about recruiting, other than some other schools are trying to get into the race.
"I'm still not planning on making any decisions or anything until after my season," explained Charles on where he's at with his recruitment. "I may visit a school here and there but I don't want anything to interfere with the season and my team. Schools like Alabama, Maryland and Oklahoma just got my highlight film, and they are trying to jump in and recruit me. I will give them a look and a fair shake."
Two of the schools Orson has visited before and is considering are Florida State and Miami. He was in town for the game last weekend and thought the game was a good one to watch. While the weather wasn't fan friendly, Orson saw some things he liked during the game.
"I had a lot of fun," says Charles, "and it was an exciting game to see. I hated the weather, though. That was terrible. It was a hard-fought game and both teams battled. I liked how FSU was able to score a lot and I liked how both teams played a lot of freshmen. I also watched the tight ends and thought I could make an impact there."
Coach Coley has been Charles' primary recruiter, and he says that the relationship between the two remains strong. He said that Coach Coley came to see him play earlier this year, and that both sides know where they stand with each other.
"I have a good relationship with Coach Coley," said Charles. "We've talked a lot and he even came down to see me play earlier this year against Gaither. Coach knows where I'm at with this (alluding to his recruitment)."
There's been talk that Charles may come to FSU when they play Florida in late November, but he says he isn't sure right now when he'll make another visit. Once the season finishes look for Charles to really dive into his recruiting process. Until then stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Orson's senior season and for any of the latest details with his recruitment, as well as the rest of the prospects from the 2009 recruiting class.