Orndoff enrolls early at Pitt

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PITTSBURGH - Waynesburg’s Scott Orndoff was among four players who enrolled early at the University of Pittsburgh and will be eligible to participate in spring practices in March.


In addition to Orndoff, a Seton La Salle product, Pittsburgh football signees Tra’Von Chapman, Tyrique Jarrett, and Shakir Soto began classes this week and will be eligible to participate when spring practice begins in March.


Orndoff, a tight end, averaged 17.9 yards per catch over his final two years at Seton LaSalle High.


Chapman, a quarterback from Kent, Ohio, passed for 5,736 yards and 62 touchdowns and rushed for 1,506 yards and 19 TDs over his junior and senior seasons at Theodore Roosevelt High. Jarrett, a defensive lineman from Pittsburgh, totaled 26 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 2½ sacks, and one interception at Milford (N.Y.) Academy in the fall.


Soto, a defensive lineman from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., compiled 109 tackles, 13½ sacks and six fumble recoveries as a senior at G.A.R. Memorial.


Pitt also announced wide receiver Dontez Ford is joining the team after transferring from Syracuse. Ford will sit out the 2013 season under NCAA transfer rules.


Linebacker leaves Penn State: A backup linebacker who didn’t play in 2012 after becoming the first signee with Penn State since the NCAA announced sanctions has left the Nittany Lions.


Coach Bill O’Brien announced on the team’s Twitter account that Brennan Franklin had departed for personal reasons.


The freshman never entered a game for Penn State. A native of Peoria, Ariz., Franklin was set to attend junior college at Eastern Arizona before accepting a last-minute scholarship offer in late July.


He committed to Penn State after the NCAA levied sanctions including scholarship reductions on July 23.


Backup tailback Curtis Dukes also left the team this week, while five freshmen arrived as early enrollees, including tight end Adam Breneman.


Meanwhile, Ted Roof has left Penn State after one season as defensive coordinator to take the same job at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.


A statement on Georgia Tech’s website Wednesday said Roof’s hiring could not become official until he completed a background check which would likely occur next week.


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