Ortiz Talks UCLA Official Visit

Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial athlete Jalen Ortiz took his first official visit over the weekend to UCLA and said the Bruins set the bar very high for other teams to follow...

Jalen Ortiz is one of the region's top two-way performers but is being recruited by UCLA for offense. He has already taken a pair of unofficial visits to Westwood and took his first official visit over the weekend.

"I had a great time at UCLA, it was a great weekend," Ortiz said. "I stayed through to Monday and really enjoyed myself there. So many things stood out to me but I would say the big win over Nebraska, hanging out with the players an spending time with the coaches and getting to know them better were the big highlights.

"Paul Perkins was my host and I know him real well since he's from Arizona. I hung out with Kenny Lacy a lot and we both really had a good time. He committed out there and that's great for him but I'm not ready to pull the trigger just yet. UCLA definitely set the bar very high though and even though that was my first visit, it's going to take a lot to beat out that one."

Ortiz said watching the game, it was easy to see how well he would fit in with the offense.

"I like the way they get their playmakers in space," Ortiz said. "I think the offense fits me perfectly and I like how they would want to use me. I would play running back and also some slot receiver. Brett (Hundley) really played well and he still has three more years left. Right now, Brett and Jonathan Franklin are on another level out there."

Ortiz won't have to wait long to take his next visit as he'll head to Utah this coming weekend.

"I've never been to Utah before so I'm really looking forward to it," Ortiz said. "I also have Washington set for October and I'll likely be going to Boise State (Nov. 3) when they play San Diego State. I really want to take all my trips but it's possible I could commit early if I'm really feeling it."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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