All-State QB Ortner Getting Interest

Santa Rosa Beach (Fla.) South Walton Beach High School quarterback Johnathan Ortner is coming off the kind of junior season that is sure to result in getting looks from colleges that recruit the western part of the Florida panhandle.

Santa Rosa Beach (Fla.) South Walton High School junior quarterback Johnathan Ortner is yet another north Florida prospect to keep an eye on this spring and fall. The 6-foot-1 and 190-pound signal-caller is coming off a 2013 campaign that saw him pass for almost 3,000 yards while earning class 1-A 1st team all-state honors at quarterback.

"Johnathan threw for almost 2,800 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior. He was the 1-A 1st team all-state quarterback and the FloridaHSFootball.com 1-A elite player of the year. He is the hardest working kid in the weight room and is a student of the game," said South Walton head football coach Phil Tisa of his well-decorated quarterback.

This past season Ornter threw for 2,796 yards while completing 225 of 371 passes. He also saw 38 of his passes go for touchdowns against 11 interceptions. Ornter can also make plays with his feet having amassed 317 rushing yards as a junior on 76 attempts.

While the rising senior doesn't have any offers his Coach Tisa says that both South Florida and Virginia Tech have shown initial interest in his playmaker.

On-film Ortner throws a very catchable ball and looks to have decent arm strength although you never get to see him just really let it loose on his highlight tape. Ortner looks to be extremely accurate passer on the run when flushed from the pocket. He shows good pocket presents and moves around well while keeping his eyes downfield. Ortner also seems to do a good job of identifying the open receiver verse zone coverage based off his highlight tape. While listed as running a 4.75-forty, Ortner does have the ability to make some plays with his feet.

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