2015 Intro: Chris Orr

With the University of Wisconsin welcoming its 2015 recruiting class to campus this week, BadgerNation looks at the new Badgers joining the program, like De Soto (TX) High linebacker Chris Orr.

Commitment Date: 6/14/14

Accolades: Chris Orr attended DeSoto High School … ranked as the No. 17 outside linebacker in Texas, No. 19 in the Midlands and No. 101 in the country by Scout.com … honorable mention all-state by Associated Press as a senior … named first-team all-district as a junior and senior … voted DeSoto team MVP as a senior … racked up 183 tackles, with four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, an interception and two defensive TDs as a senior ... had 172 tackles, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior … finished two-year varsity career with 374 total tackles, 13 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three defensive TDs.

Recruiting Competition: Orr committed to Wisconsin over offers from Nevada and North Texas and interest from Arkansas and Missouri.

Why Wisconsin? “I just kind of went with the flow with my recruitment. 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. What also really helped Wisconsin and put them at the top of my list was they didn't ask for a private workout. 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.

“(My official visit) was the best experience of my life. I love the game of football and that is the best football experience, NFL or college, that I have ever had … It was the greatest experience of my life and I can’t wait to get back and start making big plays for Wisconsin.”

Scouting Report: Playing a lot of middle linebacker in the film we’ve seen, Orr has good vision into the backfield and uses good instincts after the snap. He keeps his hips square, is an above-average tackler and always finds himself around the ball. His angles are a little rough at times, meaning he has to rely on his athleticism to correct minor problems, but that will change with coaching.

He does a good job of shedding blockers in order to make tackles and moves well from sideline to sideline, showing more burst than his 4.6 40-yard dash time would indicate. He’s still a raw athlete but has a lot of good characteristics that will fit real well with UW’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

BadgerNation Prediction: After not landing a prospect in Texas in almost six years, Wisconsin finally struck oil with Orr, who was lightly recruited initially but had SEC offers by signing day. Orr is a solid football player with good bloodlines and a desire to be the next Chris Borland. With an opening on the interior, Orr has a chance to play early in his career, which is important to him. With the way he has developed, Orr should have a really productive career in the middle of Wisconsin’s defense.


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