In a move that was expected, tight end prospect Scott Orndoff has decommitted from the University of Wisconsin football program, according to a report by Wisconsin247Sports.com.
Orndoff, who was the first Class of 2013 player to pledge to the Badgers, had been publicly hedging on his oral commitment following an offseason shake-up in which six assistant coaches departed UW.
Among that group was Joe Rudolph, the primary recruiter on the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Orndoff, a 4.0 student who is completing his junior year at Seton-La Salle High School in Pittsburgh.
Rudolph went to Pitt when former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst landed the head job. Orndoff took a visit there last week and called it "the best fit for me," according to a Scout.com report that noted he has offers from Michigan, Penn State and West Virginia as well.
The Badgers were the first school to offer Orndoff a scholarship and he accepted last August. According to BadgerNation.com, Orndoff's commitment was the earliest for Wisconsin since Andy Kemp pledged as a junior in September 2003.
Notably, UW's Class of 2013 will be very small by recruiting standards, with fewer than 10 scholarships projected to be available. The Badgers now have one firm oral commitment, from linebacker Garret Dooley of Rochester, Ill.
The Badgers lost one member of its Class of 2012 as a direct result of the coaching staff changes — J.J. Denman, from Fairless Hills, Pa., signed with Rutgers — while the turmoil also played a factor in Cleveland's Kyle Dodson opting for Ohio State.
Wisconsin was able to plug one of those holes by signing Jake Meador, an offensive lineman from Whiteland, Ind.