Scott Orndoff took an unofficial visit to Michigan this past weekend. Then came the five-hour drive from Ann Arbor back to Pittsburgh. This, according to his father Scott Sr., gave his son an ideal amount of time to really think about what his next move was going to be.
"We were driving home, you have five hours in a vehicle, and that's a lot of time to think," Orndoff Sr. said. "His heart was with Coach Chryst and Coach Rudolph, and that's where he wanted to be. Michigan was a big honor. It's first-class operation, first-class coaching staff."
Orndoff initially committed to Wisconsin back in August. Things changed when Paul Chryst and Joe Rudolph left to come to Pittsburgh. He decided he would re-open his recruitment. Even in that process, his relationship with Joe Rudolph—Pitt's offensive coordinator—was already a factor. The fact that Rudolph just happened to be taking his next job in Orndoff's hometown was a two-for-one special.
"Absolutely," Orndoff Sr. added. "We have done our homework. We knew what he was being recruited for out of high school. We were willing to do the travel. Those guys (Chryst and Rudolph) were good with the tight ends, so that was a good thing."
Orndoff Sr. also added that when his son re-opened his recruitment, a number of schools came knocking on the door, in addition to Pitt once their new coaching staff was in place. He says the fact that his son chose Pitt over the others, should also speak volumes of his relationship with the staff.
Is he shocked that his son is committed, and now has his decision out of the way?
"It kind of slaps you in the face a little bit," Orndoff Sr. said. "You go visit everywhere; everywhere you want to do. When it was all said and done, he wanted to stay with Coach Chryst and Coach Rudolph."
As a junior, Orndoff helped Seton-LaSalle to a perfect 9-0 regular season record, hauling in 17 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns. He also went on to earn all-state honors as just a junior.