"It wasn't a difficult decision at all," Charles said. "I felt like I have met all of my goals, and I feel like I have grown spiritually."
The Tampa native ended his career with a stellar 2011 season that included a team-high 44 receptions for 572 yards and five touchdowns. He was also a consensus selection to the 2011 All-SEC first team. Charles was one of the Bulldogs’ offensive captains for the season.
Charles’ departure leaves the starting tight end spot open for competition with rising junior Arthur Lych and redshirt freshman Jay Rome as the two likely candidates to fill in that spot. The Bulldogs often used Aron White, who graduated, as a tight end, too.
Charles is considered by many scouting services to be a second-round pick. He and former Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen are considered by most to be the top tight ends in this year’s NFL Draft.
The decision closes a career that was kicked off with five-star Charles signing to play for the Bulldogs almost a month after Signing Day in 2009.