Will Mark Ortmann be a Wolverine?

The Dec. 10 Official Visit Weekend is turning into a big one for Michigan. Big not only in the number of high-profile recruits that will be on campus, but big in girth as well. One of those big 'uns is offensive lineman <b>Mark Ortmann</b> from Klein (Texas) High School. <br><br> GoBlueWolverine spoke Tuesday with Ortmann and got his thoughts on the upcoming visit, and whether he'll make Ann Arbor home for the next four years. <br><br> <b><i>**GBW's SCOUTING REPORT ADDED**</i></b><br>

With some of the biggest names, and bodies, of the recruiting year coming to Ann Arbor this weekend, including OL Cory Zirbel and DL James McKinney from Kentucky, DT Marques Slocum from Pennsylvania, TE Carson Butler from Michigan and OL David Moosman from Illinois, 6 foot 7, 280-pound offensive tackle Mark Ortmann from Klein, Texas High School will need to get to meals early if he wants seconds.

Ortmann was at Texas A&M last weekend and said the visit went well.

"It's now down to A&M and Michigan," Ortmann told GBW. "I've been up to Michigan before for their camp and I'm really looking forward to the visit this weekend."

With Justin Schifano and Tim McAvoy already in the fold for the Wolverines, the questino is how many offensive lineman will be taken in this class. It appears there are two more slots available, and with Zirbel expected by many, including GBW, to eventually pick the Maize and Blue, one slot remains. Will Ortmann grab it this weekend?

"It's certainly possible I could commit to Michigan while I'm there," he said. "If not than I will decide before Christmas."

Ortmann had attended the Michigan Summer Camp for a day this past June -- and after watching his senior film, a Michigan offer was extended to him.

Not only does Ortmann excel on the gridiron, he is also a top student, reporting a 3.9 grade-point-average to go along with an 1100 on his SAT. "I want to major in engineering or business," he said. "I know both schools have great programs in both areas."

Klein finished the season with a 4-6 record and failed to make the playoffs.


Scouting Report:

Ortmann is new to the U-M-recruiting-fan radar, but he is not new to Michigan or to GoBlueWolverine, having been scouted (by GBW) at the Texas A&M Nike Camp and also having attended the Michigan Summer Camp.

GBW watched him in action this spring at the rain-truncated Texas A&M Nike Camp, where Ortmann was arguably the most impressive performer in the 'number drills' (40, bench press, shuttle, vertical jump, etc.). Going into the camp we did not really know who Mark was, but he jumped out at us: a guy as big as a huge tight end who have the agility of a decathelete.

Here was GoBlueWolverine's late May post-TXAM Nike Camp report on Ortmann:

"Mark Ortmann, in our opinion, was the most impressive O-liner in attendance, and one of the top three performers overall. He measured 6-6 1/2, and weighed 275 lbs. He is in great shape and looked like a 'cut' (and huge) tight end. He did a fine 24 bench press reps, and also had a 24 inch vertical.

"Ortmann ran two 40 yard dash heats of 5.05 and 4.8 -- excellent especially under the bad, extremely slippery, conditions on an old artificial turf rug that had at least a half-inch of rain on it, and the rain was falling steadily while the kids were going through the drills. Ortmann scratched his shuttle times (as did everyone else, most kids slipped and fell, although not Mark), but we watched him do his shuttles, and he looked quite flexible and athletic, better even than some of the highly touted Texas D-linemen at the camp.

"Think: Jon Jansen (just as a comparison of type of body, type of performer physically ... not that he is as good or ever will be, etc.).

"We spoke for quite a while during the day with Mr. Ortman, Mark's father, as we were waiting around a couple different times for the rain to hopefully stop. The classy Ortmans are from Chicago, and have lived in Houston for about 15 years.

"Mark had early offers from Northwestern (which had three coaches at the combine) and Kansas, and, right after the camp, Texas A&M. According to his dad, Mark hoped to attract attention from A&M, Michigan and Notre Dame."


Next, Mark came up to the Michigan Summer Camp for a day. He did not earn an immediate camp offer -- after spring track, he camp into the camp extremely light, around 240 lbs., and looked to be a bit of a 'tweener' prospect (and he did play tight end on his high school team). Now, however, he is up to 280 -- and after seeing his film the Michigan coaches were evidently sold on him.

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