Five-star TE Praises UGA

Five-star tight end Orson Charles traveled up to Athens this weekend to visit UGA. This was his third official visit and he had two perfect visits before, so how do the Dawgs stack up to the Gators and Noles? Find out here.

"I had a great visit to Georgia and everything went real good," said Charles. "The coaches were waiting for me when I got there on Friday and that showed me that Georgia definitely isn't playing arund with me. I got there a little early and I really just hung out with some of the players Friday night. It was mainly Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, but I hung out with a few others too."

"On Saturday, I took the tour of the campus, I talked to the coaches, I ate some shrimp and chicken at a country club, and I walked around the stadium. The campus was very nice and I liked what I saw. When I walked around the stadium, I got goosebumps like everyone else out there. It was pretty awesome."

"I spent a lot of time with Coach [Mike] Bobo and Coach [John] Lilly on Saturday too. Coach Bobo kind of warmed me up and then Coach Lilly finished the deal. They showed me a game plan on how they would use me, what kind of formations they would like to use me in, and Coach Bobo had drawn up some plays for me. Coach Lilly really broke everything down for me, he talked a lot about his past in coaching, and how he would really like have me in Athens. I spent some time with Coach Bobo and a lot of time with Coach Lilly. It was a very good meeting with them on Saturday. I really met with Coach Lilly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and he will be back to see me on Thursday too. We have a nice relationship"

"On Sunday, I went to church with Coach Lilly and Coach [Tony] Ball in the morning. I met with Coach Mark Richt before I left and that was great. Coach Richt told me that he still wants me and that number seven is still open and he is keeping it open until I decide. He talked to me about how it would be a great fit for me at Georgia and he told me the same thing that he told A.J. Green last year - he said that he is not promising me a starting position, but he said that I will play as a freshman and it will be up to me if I start or not. I really like Coach Richt a lot – he is a great man, a great coach, and he shoots it straight. He is the kind of guy that would be great to play for."

The UGA coaches were not the only ones recruiting Orson Charles to Athens this weekend. Close friend Aaron Murray worked on him some, but so did a couple other Bulldog commitments.

"Aaron was really the same as he has always been," stated the number three rated tight end in the country. "He is not pushing me to Georgia, but he told me a lot of good things about Georgia. He is like a little kid up there and he is loving it. I know he is having a good time at Georgia and he thinks it would be a good fit for me there too. He is a little bigger already, but overall he is the same guy as before. He wants me there with him, but he knows it is going to be my decision."

"I met Chris Burnette at the Army All-American Bowl when he was my roommate and he was talking up Georgia again this weekend. I also met Derrick Lott and I really like both of those guys. If I go to Georgia, I want to room with those two. They are great – they are funny, they are good guys, and they were fun to be around. They want me to go to Georgia too."

After visits to Florida and Florida State, Charles gave them a perfect rating, so did the Dawgs do a good job of keeping up with those two this weekend?

"Aaron told me that I should rate Georgia an 11 because that is his number, but I have to stay with a 10," said a laughing Charles. "The visit to Georgia was great and my mother, my grandmother, and my uncle had a great time there too. They are definitely up there for me."

The 6-foot-3, 230 pound Tampa (FL) native has now visited UGA five times within the last 10 months, so he is now familiar with the campus, he knows some guys there, and he has seen how the Dawgs would use him if he chose UGA over the other four programs.

It seems Georgia is right in the thick of this race.

"This visit definitely helped Georgia and it helped me too. I got to meet some of the players, I got to know some of the other signees real good, and I got to spend time with the coaches. Talking with Coach Richt was probably the biggest highlight for me, but it was all great. I feel I really can fit in well at Georgia and they showed me a great visit."

Now, UGA like UF and FSU will have to wait for Charles to announce his decision. His original plan was to visit Tennessee next weekend and then USC on Febraury 6, but those plans have changed a little.

"I will still be visiting Tennessee next, but I am going to visit Southern Cal on February 13 now, so I will not be deciding until the week after that visit."

It looks like it will be mid February before we know where this special athlete will be lining up on the next level, so stay tuned.

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