Scott Orndorff, a 6-5, 240-pound receiver out of Pittsburgh's Seton LaSalle High School, recently set out on his summer of camp visits. It all started with an invite to the Wisconsin camp. He had no idea, at the time, of where that trip would lead him to.
"I was in school, they came to see my coach (Greg Perry), and they left me a flier for their camp," Orndorff said. "I went up there for a weekend. They took me on a tour, and I went to the camp. Before I left, they talked to (head coach Bret Bielema), and he just offered me a full scholarship. I was not expecting it at all. It was pretty amazing. It was a real good feeling."
He knew a little bit about Wisconsin, but since the offer has gotten a pretty good idea of the success the Badgers have had, and the prestige they've had in developing tight ends—the position he is now being recruited for. Wisconsin has also had recent success in luring players from the Pittsburgh area. They added former Brashear standout Manasseh Garner who could be in the mix this season as their H-back. They also signed former West Allegheny standout Mike Caputo for 2010, and picked up verbal commitments from Mt. Lebanon's Arthur Goldberg and Shady Side Academy's Reggie Mitchell.
"They have one of the best tight end histories of all the college," Orndorff added. "I was there, I was very happy they told me I'd fit in very well. That was pretty humbling, right there. If I want to play tight end, that's my best chance to go to the next level."
He was scheduled to go to camps at East Carolina and N.C. State later this summer, and he was also at Pitt for their 7-on-7 camp last week. After a great first impression with Madison, he might not make it to those other schools. He's taking another visit to Wisconsin in July, where he could make his decision.
"I'm going back there next month, actually," Orndorff said. "I'm taking a tour with my parents."
Though he didn't put up too many stats as a junior, Orndorff did have one touchdown catch as the Rebels' third receiver. He also spent a lot of time on defense at linebacker.
"I had one receiving touchdown, and I had one kickoff returned for a touchdown and I played a little defense," Orndorff said. "That was about it. I was outside linebacker last year. I was like a third receiver. We had two, real good guys at the same time. They didn't really need me much. When I did get in there, I had one touchdown catch."