Blue Chip Chat with... Scott Orndoff, Seton-La Salle High School
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A 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end, Orndoff is a huge target for Seton-LaSalle quarterback Luke Brumbaugh. Orndoff didn't have eye-popping numbers last season -- 17 catches, 312 yards, 4 touchdowns -- but his overall talent was so noticeable that he was named all-state. This season, Orndoff is expected to play a much larger role for the Rebels, who once again should be one of the top teams in Class AA. Rivals.com ranks Orndoff the No. 11 player in the state and the No. 17 tight end in the country.
After originally committing to Wisconsin last summer, Orndoff threw a changeup and chose to follow former Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and a few of his assistants to Pitt. Orndoff was Chryst's first commitment, pledging his services to the Panthers in March. Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Boston College were some of the other schools that had offered scholarships.
Q: You don't play basketball for your school. Why not?
I liked playing it, but I knew that wasn't going to be my niche. After seventh grade, I really never played again.
Q: Will your role in the offense change much this season?
I definitely think it will. Last year I lined up at wide receiver a lot. This year I'll be completely at tight end. This year we're going to be more classic Seton-LaSalle and be an aerial team. We'll be a throwing team. I think my impact will be bigger.
Q: Not counting anyone on your team, who do you consider to be some of the top players in Class AA?
In Class AA, one thing I like is you don't see too many strong players, but you do see a lot of strong teams. But one player I think is really good is (South Fayette wide receiver/defensive back) Zach Challingsworth. He's one of the top athletes we'll have to face.
Q: You're not just saying that because he is also a Pitt commit, are you?
No, he's just really good.
Q: When coach Chryst was hired by Pitt, did you know right then you might want to go to Pitt, too?
Honestly, when he came to Pitt, me and my family didn't think that far ahead. We were thinking about what we were going to do with Wisconsin. It was a "dead period" at the time, so we couldn't talk to the coaches. That whole month, I didn't know what was going to happen. But eventually we got in contact with [Chryst and his staff]. Once I did, I knew I wanted to come to Pitt.
Q: Were you recruited by (ex-Pitt head coach) Todd Graham?
He came into the school one time to talk with my coach, but that was the only time he came around.
Q: Not counting Facebook or Twitter, name three websites you visit the most?
I always try to look on the Rivals site for Pitt (PantherLair). I'm on YouTube a lot because I get bored and like to watch videos. I always look at ESPN, too.
First Published August 20, 2012 12:00 am