Offers are plentiful for Charles

Tight ends that can stretch the field and seal the edge are always in high demand. Orson Charles (6-3, 235, 4.5) is one of the Sunshine State's best at doing both and he has just realized just how big of a demand there is for players that meet that criteria.

Orson Charles


“I had recently picked up offers from USF, Florida and FSU and then yesterday I got a big one from LSU,” said Charles, who also reports an offer from Iowa, Arkansas, Central Florida and Ole Miss.


What made the offer from LSU so big?


“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It’s LSU. They just won the whole thing. I was kind of happy when my coach told me about it.”


The Tampa (Fla.) Plant product was happy to learn the news but he admitted that he was caught off guard by the offer from the BCS national champs.


“My coach was going back and forth with coach (Earl) Lane and we sent them my tape when they were on spring break,” Charles said. “I know they just got back from spring break so I guess my highlight tape was good enough for them to offer me.”  


Charles said that all of the schools are recruiting him as a tight end except for South Florida as the USF coaches are recruiting him as a defensive end as well.


Along with the schools that have offered, several others are in pursuit of the talented performer including Miami, Georgia and Boston College amongst others.


The school to keep a close eye on if it does offer is Miami but Charles insists that he isn’t ready to shut the door on anyone even if the Canes offer.


“My favorite is Miami and I’m kind of waiting on that offer but I still have to evaluate all of the schools,” he said. “I want to go to a school that has a good academic program. I want to major in architecture so if Miami isn’t good in architecture then I’m not going to go there.”


One reason that Charles is so high on the Canes is the way they use the tight end but that is also a reason LSU could be a factor down the road.


“I went there for a practice one day on an unofficial visit and I like the way they use the tight end,” he said. “I watched LSU in the national championship and they used the tight end a good amount of time too. I want to see how they practice and how the coaches coach them. I’m going to take an official visit there during my senior year so I can see everything first hand.”

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