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Meet Hinsdale Central OL Mark Ortiz Class Of 2024

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Mark Ortiz Hinsdale Central OL/LS Class of 2024 6'0 225

Mark Ortiz how was your sophomore season? I thought it went really well, I didn’t start off as a starter, but I worked my way up to starting 7 games on varsity and we won 9 games in a row and the Conference Championship which was a fantastic experience What does football mean to you? It is a place for me to compete and improve as an athlete and person. I love being able to have a place where I can have fun, kick ass, and continue to learn about how to overcome adversity and help lead my teammates in order to win. It means everything to me because of how much I love competing and working together with all my friends to achieve an ultimate goal of winning. I believe football is the best sport on the planet and I wish everyone could experience all the ups and downs that come with playing football. How was your summer college camp season? It went pretty well, I got to introduce myself to tons of coaches and get my name out there which was nice. I’m sort of new to the whole recruiting process so going to camps helped me learn a lot. I didn’t have the best size for my position going into camps, but I thought I competed pretty well and I’m very proud of running a 5.02 second 40-yard dash at Northcentral. What should college coaches know about you? That I just want to play football. I don’t care what position or school; I only want an opportunity to play. Also, I might not have the most attractive height for some coaches, but that doesn’t mean I can’t play football. I’ll do anything for a chance to continue playing in college. What part of your game have you been working on in the offseason? There are two main things that I focused on this off-season and that was improving my size and my pass protection. I wasn’t satisfied with either of them. I had a playing weight last season of 203 pounds and, after dropping some weight for wrestling, I’ve gotten up to a solid 225 pounds. With my pass protection I spent a lot of my time going to our practice field and working with one of my friends and his brother, who played college football at Princeton, on better footwork, hand positioning, and combatting defensive techniques.

How does Hinsdale Central look for the upcoming season? We look great. We have two talented quarterbacks, plenty of returning receivers, and a very aggressive defense just like last year. The offensive line is a bit newer than last year, but I think we have a lot of potential to dominate our opposing defenses. I’m really excited to see how we perform this season.

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