Undeterred, the Pulaski (Tenn.) Giles County cornerback wrote new Penn State coach (and former Vandy leader) James Franklin a message thanking him for the interest and opportunity. He closed it by saying he hoped he'd hear from Franklin once things settled down.
Tuesday, he did, as Ordway contacted Penn State corners coach Terry Smith to learn he had a PSU offer.
"It meant a lot to receive an offer from them," Ordway said. "I talked a little bit to [linebackers] Coach [Brent] Pry and I got offered by Coach Smith. He said he watched my film today and they've been looking at me for a while.
"He said he walked around the building and asked everyone if they thought I'd be a good player to offer, and everyone said yes. It means a lot that it's not coming from just one coach, but all of them. That means a lot."
Ordway, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect, picked up four other offers between his first and most recent. Outside of the distance, which would likely require a plane ride to University Park, the corner sees plenty to like about the Lions.
The same goes for Pry, who recruited that area of Tennessee before heading north.
"They are definitely a school I'd consider," Ordway said. "They have a good relationship with my mom, and it's a good school.
"And with Coach Pry, it's just something about him. He's just a great guy, great coach, and great recruiter. I can't say anything but nice things about him."
Citing cover skills, ball skills, and length as strengths coaches have picked out about his game, Ordway said he has yet to set any visits. One to Auburn is likely, and he added Penn State "is definitely" a campus he'd like to visit.