Wanting to make Texas a priority again in recruiting, the Wisconsin coaching staff has been able to strike early this recruiting cycle by landing its third Texas native in De Soto outside linebacker Chris Orr.
Entering the Wisconsin visit, Orr knew there was a good possibility that he could leave a Badger and he did just that when he became the Badgers' 10th commitment in the 2015 recruiting class.
"Before we left for the visit to Wisconsin, I talked with my parents about how I could commit because I felt like the Badgers were the right fit for me," Orr told BadgerNation. "Once they saw the Wisconsin campus and the stadium they knew it as well."
Orr delivered the good news to head coach Gary Andersen during a meeting with his parents. Just like Orr, Andersen was thrilled to land his second linebacker commit in the 2015 class and the second in three days.
"He jumped up from his chair during our meeting with my parents and gave me a big hug and high five," Orr said. "It felt really good telling him and he told me welcome to the family."
"I just loved the style of football Wisconsin plays," Orr added. "It's just hard nose football, the player development and the family feel that coach Gary Andersen and his staff and the entire team give is really great."
There were many selling factors that helped put Wisconsin over the top but the biggest was when he thought about playing inside Camp Randall Stadium and soaked in the environment inside and around the stadium.
"Camp Randall is awesome and to think they sold it out every game last year is amazing," Orr said. "I would love to be able to consistently make plays in front of 85,000 screaming fans during each home game. That would be a lot of fun."
Not only was Andersen excited about Orr's commitment but defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was pumped as well to have a 6-0, 190-pound outside linebacker join his defense.
"Coach Aranda gave me a big hug and he said he was excited that he gets to coach me in their 3-4 defense," Orr said. "Even before I committed we were talking and he was telling me how there's a chance that I could come in early and play, which was big for me. He was saying they want to use me in their rover spot, which is basically their will linebacker and he was just showing me how I could be making plays in their defense. Just seeing it was making me fired up and just wanting to get out on the field."
Orr said that one of his favorite players to watch in college football is former Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. He has enjoyed watching Borland so much over the years that he tries to replicate his game after him.
"I just enjoy how physical he is and how smart of a player he is," Orr said. "He's tenacious, his motor is going all the time and he consistently makes plays when he's out there. I know I'm not there yet but I'm working to get there and I'm confident I will with the Badger coaching staff."
Ever since Orr received his offer from Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend, current Badgers tight end commit Kyle Penniston has been recruiting him on why he should choose Wisconsin.
"Kyle Penniston was really fired up when I told him I decided to commit," Orr said. "He's been talking to me since my offer and when we talked he would tell me how great of a player I am and why I need to go to Wisconsin."
With so many active recruiters amongst the 2015 commits, Orr plans on joining them in trying to attract talent to join him in Wisconsin.
"The two players I will be talking with the most is my teammates Kevin Thomas, a wide receiver, and Bryce English, a defensive tackle," Orr said. "We always talk about how we enjoy playing together right now in high school. So I'm going to tell them why not continue that by doing it at the next level with me at Wisconsin."
College football runs in Orr's family. Orr's oldest brother Zach just graduated from North Texas and signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens, while his second brother, Nick, is a true freshman defensive back at TCU.
Although Wisconsin was his only power conference offer, Orr wasn't out seeking offers from other schools.
"I just kind of went with the flow with my recruitment," Orr said. "I didn't necessarily try to get any one school specifically start to recruit me. I figured if schools were interested they would come and offer me. I was confident in my skills and that they would see it in my film."
"But what also really helped Wisconsin and put them at the top of my list was they didn't ask for a private work out," Orr added. "There are some coaches who want to see individuals first before they offer but they saw my tape and offered me based off of that, which I really liked."
When asked if he wanted to deliver any message to Badger fans, Orr response was simple.
"They can expect a hard working smart football player who's going to give it his all each play," Orr said. "I'm just so excited that I get to play for Wisconsin and On Wisconsin."