Orson Charles said he wasn't sure what the all the fuss was about.
Yes, the highly-touted tight end from Plant, Fla. assured UGASports Monday night that he is indeed qualified to enroll for classes at Georgia and will arrive in Athens on May 31 for summer workouts.
To say he's excited to get started would be an understatement.
"You can say that," Charles said. "That's why I'm picking up my workouts, getting a little more intense. I can't wait to get to Athens and get this thing underway."
In the meantime, Charles said he continues to work daily with quarterback Aaron Murray, who has been home in Tampa since the end of spring semester. Between that and his work with a personal trainer, Charles said he'll be prepared for the voluntary summer workouts before preseason drills begin in August.
Charles knows he'll be starting over from the standpoint of proving his worth. But that's OK.
"A lot of guys come in thinking they're going to carry over what they did in high school and they get torn down," Charles said. "I'd like to get torn down now and keep getting better and better, instead of go down, get back up and get torn down again. If coaches yell at you, that motivates you to get better. If he's yelling, that means he loves you. If he's not yelling, he doesn't worry or he doesn't care."
Make no mistake, Charles cares.
So much, in fact, that he said he keeps in constant contact, via phone or Facebook with each of Georgia's other 19 signees, making sure they understand how much they'll need to be ready to compete right away.
"I've talked to all those guys," said Charles, who has also had conversations with running back Washaun Ealey.
"I told him we've got some good running backs, but he's still going to come in and be ready because we're going to need him right now," Charles continued. "I talked to (Rantavious Wooten), too. That boy can scoot. Man, he's going to be something to watch."
Charles said he didn't know whether or not Ealey has already met his entrance requirements to UGA. Ealey is one of five players - a list that includes Derrick Lott, Kwame Geathers, Shawn Williams and Brandon Bogotay – whose status as qualifiers has still not been determined.
"We're (the freshmen) not going to be scared when we get on the field," Charles said. "I'm not calling anybody out, but we need guys who are going to be ready to go. That's why I've talked to the guys; that we've got to be ready to bust it and be ready."
Physically, Charles said he's in the best shape of his life.
At a "solid 230 pounds," Charles acknowledged that he in fact will wear Matthew Stafford's old No. 7 jersey. He said he'll try to do it proud.
"I asked (Stafford) if it was Ok," Charles said. "I had talked to him a couple of times at practice, and he said it was fine with him. It means a lot to be able to wear it. "