May 31, 2008
Rivals100 TE interested in OSU
It almost seems like a new day brings a new Floridian that is interested in the Buckeyes with the class of 2009. Tampa (Fla.) Plant high school star tight end Orson Charles already has an offer list that would make many players jealous with the big three in the state of Florida already offering as well as schools in the Big Ten, SEC and ACC but Charles is extremely interested in hearing more from Ohio State.
"I had talked to them a while ago and (coach Taver Johnson) came by the school," Charles said. "They want me basically come to a camp so I can (be seen) and see what they have to say about me."
The Buckeyes will be holding a pair of their senior advanced camps on June 8th and June 20th but at this point Charles is not completely sure which one he would be able to attend if he is able to get everything put together.
"I have to talk to my coach as far as planning (which one to attend)," Charles said. "Then I also have to see how I am going to get up there."
Charles is ranked the nation's top tight end prospect by Rivals.com and is currently No. 64 in the Rivals100 rankings. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound Floridian is a much different style of tight end than current Ohio State commit Reid Fragel (6-foot-8, 251 pounds) but make no mistake about it, Charles is a tight end at heart.
"I am more of an H-back tight end," Charles said. "However (a school) would want to use me would just be fine."
While Ohio State has made a mark with putting linebackers and defensive backs in the league among other positions Charles had been checking out tight ends that have come and gone through the Buckeye program.
"They have had some good tight ends and I like their offense," Charles said. "I like the athletes that are coming out of there. They also are going to national championships every year and that is something that I like about them too."
A long time knock against the Buckeyes has been how the offense has never utilized the tight end. Is that something that concerns Charles?
"Anybody can say anything but I want to see it with my own eyes," Charles said.
The Buckeyes picked up the pledge of Fragel within the last week and also have an incoming tight end with Nic DiLillo in the class of 2008. Is there any concern about the glut of talent on the depth chart in front of him with Jake Ballard set to be the incumbent?
"I am not afraid of competition," Charles said. "Competition just makes you better."
Charles is not ready to make any cuts on his list and wants to keep his options open and check out how teams perform on the field and perform in using the tight end. The Rivals100 tight end said he would be keeping an eye on the Buckeyes this upcoming season and that a visit could be in the cards.
"I am going to have to watch them and evaluate and watch them play and maybe go on a visit," Charles said. "I want to check out the education too."
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