Coaching changes cost UW commitment


Tight end Scott Orndoff (Pittsburgh/Seton La Salle) is not the biggest fan of the recruiting process, and he thought it wasn’t something he was going to have to worry about anymore after committing to Wisconsin in August. He would just spend the next 17 months committed to the Badgers and sign in February 2013.

That is no longer the case as Orndoff decommitted from the Badgers on Wednesday. Orndoff started looking around once several of Wisconsin’s assistants left to take positions at Pittsburgh.

“That was a pretty big factor,” Orndoff, a member of the the ESPNU150 Watch List, said. “It made me realize anything could happen with recruiting. You need to take your time and make a decision worthwhile in the end.”

Since committing to Wisconsin, Orndoff has received offers from Boston College, Michigan, Michigan State, Pitt, Virginia and West Virginia. Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia are also after the 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end.

“I started receiving interest from a bunch of other schools,” he said. “I want to be able to weigh my options just as equally as I would Wisconsin.”

Orndoff isn’t crossing the Badgers off his list, though. He talked with coach Bret Bielema to let him know of his decommitment, and the Badgers said will continue to pursue him and he will continue to consider them. He still plans to make it to Wisconsin’s spring game.

Michigan, Michigan State and West Virginia will also be getting visits from Orndoff in the near future. Penn State, Pitt and Virginia have already hosted Orndoff.

“The coaches [at Pitt] I know them very well because that’s who recruited me at Wisconsin. I have a good relationship with them,” he said. “I like the football facilities, toured the campus. Even though it’s a city campus, they do have a college campus.”

It seems as if Pitt would hold a significant advantage to land Orndoff now considering it is the hometown school and is comprised of a number of former of Wisconsin assistants, but Orndoff said that is not the case.

“I mean I’m definitely really interested in Pitt,” he said, “but I’m open to anyone who shows interest.”

Penn State has not offered Orndoff yet as the Nittany Lions staff continues to pursue highly regarded tight end Adam Breneman, but the staff told Orndoff it will keep recruiting him.

Orndoff was at Penn State recently and enjoyed his visit.

“It’s obviously a real nice stadium, and they’re getting a brand new weight room in the next couple of months,” he said. “You know they care about their football team with that fan base and school.”

Orndoff could not put a timetable on a new decision but said he hopes to have one by the time his senior season starts.