While the 2012 University of Wisconsin continues to build on an impressive 2012 recruiting class, the Badgers have landed their first building block for the 2013 class. In a surprisingly early verbal commitment, especially for an out-of-state prospect, Scott Orndoff, a 6’5”, 240-pound tight end from Seton-LaSalle High School in Pittsburgh, told the Badgers yesterday that he will join the university in 2013.
Orndoff, a 16-year-old entering his junior year of high school, attended Wisconsin’s one-day camp in June. He must have had an impressive showing because the tight end left with an early class of 2013 offer.
“According to the source I talked to, he came to camp and tore it up and earned an offer,” BadgerNation.com Publisher Benjamin Worgull wrote.
Apparently Orndoff’s visit impressed him as well. News of his commitment comes just two months later, making Orndoff the first Pennsylvania prospect in the 2013 recruiting class to give a verbal commitment.
“He and his parents went back out to visit a few weeks later (after the June camp), met all the coaches and just kind of fell in love with the place,” Seton-LaSalle Coach Greg Perry told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He told me he was going to commit because he didn’t think he could do much better. It’s a great school, good academics, they’re getting Pittsburgh kids out there. It’s great for him.”
Orndoff will play with two 2012 verbal commits with ties to the Pittsburgh area when he joins the team in 2013 — defensive back Reggie Mitchell and defensive lineman Arthur Goldberg.
At 6’5” and nearly 250 pounds as a 16 year old, Orndoff’s size jumps off the page, but reports are the numbers are legitimate. According to the Post-Gazette, he started high school as a quarterback before a serious growth spurt led to a change of positions. He has also played at wide receiver and will play as a tight end and defensive end this year.
Joshua Funk, of PennLive.com, says another position change could be in Orndoff’s future.
“An individual close to the Seton-LaSalle program told me earlier this summer that the Badgers could convert Orndoff to an offensive tackle when he gets to college,” Funk wrote.
Regardless of what position he lands at as a Badger, it appears Wisconsin has started the 2013 recruiting class with a bang. Orndoff is a massive, athletic prospect that will only continue to grow and develop in his final two years of high school.