November 29, 2011

Ortiz visits Syracuse

On Saturday the Syracuse Orange football team did not have the game they wanted, but there were still a couple prospects on campus that enjoyed their time on campus.

Jeremiah Ortiz from Rochester (NY) Eastridge is a 5-foot-8, 170 pound running back that was on an unofficial visit.

"I was up at Syracuse for the game against Cincinnati on Saturday," Ortiz said. "It went well they seem really interested."

The Orange are well aware of the skills that the Empire State product has as they gave him an award at their summer camp.

"This summer I went to the Syracuse football camp and when I was at the camp I was named MVP of their camp."

On his visit to the Syracuse camp and his visit over the weekend there are a few items that stick out to him when it comes to Syracuse.

"At Syracuse I like the facilities, the integrity of the coaches, and the education."

One other part of the Syracuse football team sticks out to him and that is their ability to use a smaller running back.

"It really gave me hope that I can really play at that level being a small running back after seeing them take a chance on Antwon Bailey."

When he is not on the Syracuse campus he stays in contact with Orange running back coach Tyrone Wheatley.

"I have been talking with Coach Wheatley," Ortiz stated. "He has told me a lot, like how the film process works, how it has to get past him to get to all the other coaches before they offer. He likes my footwork and how I am natural at the running back position."

Besides Syracuse there are a few other schools that have already taken note of the prospect.

"Right now I am getting interest from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Connecticut, and Temple. I have already taken visits to Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo.

Ortiz might not be the biggest prospect in the country, but he feels his work ethic will give him an advantage.

"My work ethic makes me a division one prospect. Every day I try to be the hardest working player in the country."

On the visit to Syracuse Ortiz was not by himself, he was at Syracuse with a teammate.

"I went with Alexander Officer. He likes it and he has an offer from Syracuse."

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