Jeremiah Ortiz: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview

Name: Jeremiah Ortiz
School: West Liberty University
Position: Running Back
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 195

Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?

Some of my goals heading into last season was to be the best leader I could be for my team. A team goal we had but fell short of was to win the conference. Some individual goals I set was to be one of the top backs in the conference and get 1st team All-Conference which I was blessed to accomplish.

Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?

If I could describe my style of play in three words it would be 1. Physical 2. Heart 3. Burst.

Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?

The way I have been preparing for pro opportunities is doing some neuromuscular training at this facility called Wanna Get Fast located in Rochester, NY. It’s completely different than what I am used to. The training is meant to focus on fast twitch muscle fibers, which is vital for every athlete.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?

If I’m study my game film, I watch the blocking schemes to see what holes I might of missed. If I’m watching the opposing team, I also see what runs worked on them, so I know what to expect of of each run scheme. I also watch for what blitzes they run so I can adjust in the passing game.

Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?

What separates me is my power for a smaller back, a lot of people don’t expect those hard runs from me. I could also be a mismatch for Linebackers coming out the backfield, kind of like Dion Lewis for the Patriots.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

Some strengths I could bring to a team is my leadership, I try most of the time to lead by example, but I am vocal when necessary. Another strength is my work ethic and my drive to be the best me possible. I love to compete because it helps you grow and it makes the team better as a whole.

Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?

My final pitch for scouts is that if they take a chance on me, they will be getting a good character guy who is going to come into work every day and compete and do anything to help the team. They will be getting a passionate player and person. I take pride in my craft, if my craft was to clean floors, I would be the best floor cleaner around because thats the mentality I have.

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