Orson Charles Impressed with Gainesville

The reigning BCS Champion Florida Gators hosted a number of the nation's top prospects this past weekend, none bigger than tight end Orson Charles.

Orson Charles a five-star tight end from Tampa (FL) Plant Senior High School is the nation's No. 3 ranked tight end according to Scout.com. Charles is a 6-3, 230-pound athletic tight end with great hands. Charles talked about his second official visit in as many weeks.

"I enjoyed myself and I needed that visit to be around that staff and ask those questions and stuff but with them preparing for the BCS game I didn't get a chance to talk to them much," Charles said. "Some of the things they talked about were playing time as a freshman and getting my feet wet from day one and learning the playbook and things like that. They know how to win and that shows me what the do works so you can't complain with anything that they are doing."

Like so many of the other prospects that visited Gainesville this past weekend, Orson brought some family members that will be a big part of this decision making process.

"My mom and brother came with me and my mother enjoyed it the most I think," he said. "And out of all the schools that I am looking at, Florida is number one in graduation rate for football players and that is what is most important to her and it's important to me as well."

In a weekend filled with some of the top recruits across the nation there were a number of other things that stood out for Orson and he spoke briefly about a few of them.

"At coach Meyer's house on Friday we had a great time," Charles said. "We were trying to see who all was coming and I knew Greg from the Florida State visit last weekend and spent a bunch of time with Jarvis Jones in San Antonio. Everyone was just getting to know each other that night."

One way to impress any tight end let alone a pass catching tight end like Charles is have him spend some quality one-on-one time with the guy that will be throwing you the ball and that is exactly what he did.

"I think that talking to Tim Tebow one-on-one then John Brantley and Coach Meyer was real big for me," he said. "That is what I needed to hear. Tim and I just kind of talked about personal things not even about football so it was real cool and I have a better understanding of him."

Orson Charles visited Florida State last weekend, Florida this weekend, has Georgia next followed by Tennessee and ends with Southern Cal.

Charles has a couple of factors that are important to him - a great program, playing time, atmosphere and contesting year in and year out.


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