Ortiz taking his time

Jalen Ortiz was offered by Arizona early in his recruitment. Is Arizona still in the picture? When does he want to decide? Read on for those answers and more.

The list of offers that Peoria Centennial athlete Jalen Ortiz is receiving continues to grow.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound prospect has opportunities available to him to play football all over the country and the interest surrounding him seems to only be increasing.

Arizona has been keeping an eye on Ortiz for sometime, but it has been a while since they have spoken on a consistent basis.

"I haven't had much contact with UA recently since the spring, although there has been some" Ortiz said.

Ortiz intended on visiting the campus earlier in the year, but it ultimately failed to happen.

"Yeah (I wanted to visit)," Ortiz said. "But I didn't make it to any of the unofficals in the summer or during the spring."

When UA spoke with Ortiz over the spring, the staff informed him of what side of the ball they would prefer to use him on.

"Offense," Ortiz said. "At running back and in the slot as well."

Despite the lack of communication between Ortiz and the Arizona staff, the Centennial product is still interested in the Wildcats. He likes the new system Rich Rodriguez is installing and believes he would adapt very well to it.

"I've watched Rich Rodriguez at Michigan and at West Virginia and I think I would be a good fit with that offense," Ortiz said.

Aside from UA, the schools giving Ortiz the most attention is an impressive list.

"Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, Utah, Arkansas and Boise State are recruiting me the most right now," Ortiz said.

With the offers still rolling in for Ortiz, he isn't favoring any school over another at this point in time. He may have a better idea of who those favorites are relatively soon, but hasn't decided that quite yet.

"Not to this point," Ortiz said. "I'll look to narrow it down and get a list of favorites probably in the next week or two."

Ortiz plans on taking it easy over the remainder of the summer instead of visiting more schools or participating in any camps. As far as official visits are concerned, he could figure that out in the coming weeks.

"I'm not taking any more unofficials or doing any camps," Ortiz said. "Within in the next week or two I will have to sit down with my parents and talk about what schools I want to take official visits to and narrow it down."

Education is going to play an important roll in Ortiz's decision, as well as how he feels about the campus and football staff.

"Academics," Ortiz said. "Obviously I am big on that. Then being able to get to the campus and seeing if I can live there for the next four to five years and also building a good relationship with the coaching staff."

With a full season of high school football left, Ortiz still has work to do before he ventures into the world of college football. After the season concludes, Ortiz expects to decide on which college he would like to attend.

"I'll probably end up deciding around December," Ortiz said.


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