Commitment Impact: Chris Orr

Commitment Impact: Chris Orr

The 10th verbal commitment in Wisconsin's 2015 recruiting class, De Soto (TX) High linebacker Chris Orr continues the Texas pipeline the Badgers are establishing. BadgerNation breaks down the commitment.

Committed Over: Chris Orr committed to Wisconsin over offers from Nevada and North Texas and interest from Arkansas and Missouri.

Rated: Orr is currently ranked a two-star prospect by Scout.com.

On Film: Playing a lot of middle linebacker in the film I'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 in real well with UW's 3-4 defensive scheme.

Recruiting Impact: Preparing to lose five scholarship linebackers after this season, the Badgers have added two linebacker prospects in three days, a good start for the recruiting cycle. While Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy linebacker Nick Thomas will start at middle linebacker, Orr said the coaching staff will start him out at will/rover linebacker.

Wisconsin would love another three linebackers in this class and will likely have two on campus the next two days in Crete (IL) Monroe's Omari Stringer and Loganville (GA) Grayson's Mohamed Barry. Neither is ranked very high nationally, but are solid players who could both join this recruiting class by the end of the month, if not sooner.

Quotable: "(Fans) can expect a hard working smart football player who's going to give it his all each play. I'm just so excited that I get to play for Wisconsin and On Wisconsin."

Final Thought: These aren't home runs in the state of Texas, but the Badgers have firmly planted their flag in the state, and other players, potentially higher-ranked players, will take notice and wonder if they themselves should take a closer look at the capital of Wisconsin. Some people may be disappointed that UW isn't landing recruits with more "star ratings," but Orr is a solid football player with good bloodlines and a desire to be the next Chris Borland. UW could have done a lot worse, especially since Orr could turn out to have a really productive career.

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