Ortiz is a back to keep an eye on in 2012

Ortiz is a back to keep an eye on in 2012

After rushing for over 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in two years, Centennial (Peoria, Az.) RB Jalen Ortiz has garnered attention from several schools, but Washington was the first school to offer him and he recently told Dawgman.com that he plans to take a trip to Montlake in April to check things out...

"Washington was the first school to offer me and that was huge," Ortiz told Dawgman.com. "Right now I have offers from them plus both of the in-state schools, Arizona and Arizona State, and then Purdue, BYU and Oregon State have offered me too.

"It's all been pretty crazy for me, but it's exciting that I will have a lot of options to select from when I'm ready to make my decision."

Ortiz uses his quickness and outstanding vision to make plays in space, something that his team allows him to do quite a bit out of their spread-based system.

"As a sophomore we were mainly a spread team, but this past year, we were multiple and we ran out of the pro-style sets a lot too," Ortiz said. "This year I will be playing a lot more out of the slot, so we'll do a lot more with me on sweeps and options and then running routes."

One player that Ortiz compared himself to was future Husky Kendyl Taylor who played at Hamilton (Chandler, Az.) High School.

"He played more receiver than I have, but with me in the slot more this year, I'd say that's probably a pretty good comparison," Ortiz said. "I just want to get the ball in my hands, I don't really care how that happens. I just want to help my team however I can."

Ortiz said he and his family have talked about taking some visits this spring to see some schools and Washington is a school that will be on that itinerary.

"I'm looking at going up there for some of their spring practices (in April)," Ortiz said. "The coaches have told me how great it is up there and what they are building, but since I haven't seen it, I'm not sure what it really is like."

We will have more on Ortiz in the coming weeks and months as things progress in the recruiting process.

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