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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Four-star DB Steven Ortiz commits to the Gophers

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The Gophers nab a top defensive back out of Arizona

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The NCAA may have pressed pause on all collegiate athletics for the time being, but head coach P.J. Fleck and co. will not be denied on the recruiting trail. Tonight, the Minnesota Golden Gophers earned a verbal commitment from Steven Ortiz, who would be one of the highest-rated defensive backs to sign with Minnesota in the internet recruiting era.

Get to know Steven Ortiz

Height: 5’10”
Weight: 170

Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Arizona, California, Duke, Iowa State, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Washington, and Washington State

247 Sports Composite Rating: .9036

247 Sports Scouting Report

Lean, muscular build and strong lower half. Should be able to add some weight and maintain quickness. Stingy defender who thrives in one-on-one battles. Comfortable in space and sticks to receivers in and out of their breaks. Very good ball skills. Competitive play-maker with the straight-line speed to blanket his side of the secondary. Instinctual corner who can fill various roles in the defense. Could improve physicality and tackling technique, particularly in run support. Upside to be a multi-year starter at Power Five level and NFL Draft Day 3 potential.

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