In-state athlete holds Arizona offer

Peoria Centennial athlete Jalen Ortiz holds an offer from both in-state schools. Read on for his thoughts on Arizona, the recruiting process, and more.

The 2012 recruiting cycle is now officially over, which means that coaching staff has its full attention on the 2013 class.

Rich Rodriguez and his coaching staff have made it clear that Arizona's priority will be to land the best players in-state and one of those players is 5-foot-9, 170-pound Peoria Centennial running back Jalen Ortiz.

Ortiz is already being recruited by both in-state schools and is starting to get national attention as well as he goes through the recruiting process.

"I have an offer from BYU, Washington, Purdue, Arizona State, and Arizona," Ortiz said. "I am also talking to a lot of other schools as well."

Ortiz had some contact with the previous coaching staff, but Rodriguez and company have made it clear that it likes how he fits in with Arizona's new offensive scheme.

"I like the offense that Rich Rod runs," Ortiz said. "I like being in a high paced offense because I am a fast guy, so that definitely interests me."

Although Ortiz is being recruited on offense by Arizona, numerous schools are also recruiting him for defense, including Arizona State.

"I feel that I could play wherever the coaches want me to," Ortiz said. "I don't think I am better on one side of the ball than the other and it really does not matter a whole lot to me where I will play in college."

However, Ortiz's description of his strengths makes it easy to see why Arizona would want him for the offensive side of the ball.

"My speed is definitely my biggest strength," Ortiz said. "I feel that I am a homerun threat every time I touch the ball and that I am also smart in the open field as well."

Ortiz is going to take his time with the recruiting process and would be surprised if he ended his recruitment early.

"I am looking at academics, for a good overall team, and an atmosphere that I like," Ortiz said. "I will be patient with everything because I am definitely in no rush to make a decision."


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