Charles takes hard look at Georgia

ATHENS – Growing up in Florida Orson Charles thought about playing for one school.

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"Miami is my dream school," he said Sunday after his trip to Georgia's annual G-Day.

So why haven't the Canes wrapped up arguably the most-talented tight end in the South?

"Now I have more options, and I can take my time," he said. "I want to look around and see things on an official visits at places."

In other words, the door is wide open - Miami isn't guaranteed anything.

In visiting Georgia for the second time this spring, Charles saw many of the same things which attracted him to the SEC school to begin with.

"I got to take a look around even more, and hear about the academics at Georgia," he said. "It was great. I really had a good time. Everything was great except the rain."

Charles wasn't alone in allowing the soggy weather in Athens to get him done. He may not have liked it, but it didn't take away from a good time. Still, the teammate of sought-after signal caller Aaron Murray has more than his fair share of scholarship offers.

When asked to name a few he replied: "Let me get the list… Iowa, Ole Miss, Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Miami, Florida and South Carolina," he said.

That list is long, but it looks like Charles has a few particulars he's interested in: Florida, Miami and Georgia have gotten visits and Florida will get a visit this weekend from him for practice and a camp this weekend. While Charles didn't say it, one of those three schools will likely get his signature in the future. He said he's still talking things over with folks he trusts.

"I want to go to a school that uses its tight ends a lot," he said. "I am not judging anyone on what they did last season. I am looking at who has been signed and look at the academics."

Charles said he won't pick Miami because it's his "dream school"; he won't pick Florida because it's his home-state school; and he won't pick Georgia because of it's tradition of great tight ends.

"I am going to look hard at where I would like to spend the three to five years I am going to be in college," Charles said. "When I decided that I am going to pick them. Until them I am open."

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