There were many standouts at the U.S. Army All-America Combine this past January in San Antonio, but one of the biggest – and that’s an understatement – stars of the event was Klein, Texas, offensive tackle Mark Ortmann.
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Ortmann impressed with his sheer size alone, but he’s already picked up two scholarship offers from Kansas and Northwestern, and that’s also impressive. What’s also impressive are the teams also chasing after him.
“I’m getting heavy interest from Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, too,” Ortmann, who has a 40-yard dash time of 5.1 seconds and a 335-pound bench press, said.
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“I’m going to ride it out and see where this all goes. My mom is pretty freaked out about all the early attention. My folks are pretty excited.
“I’m in no hurry to commit anywhere and I don’t necessarily have to stay in Texas. I was a big Notre Dame fan as a kid but grew out of that by junior high school. I really have never been a die hard fan of any school growing up now that I think about it.”
Ortmann has plans on camping at the Nike Training Camp in College Station in May, along with trips to Texas, A&M and Oklahoma.
“I’m going to be looking at the school’s overall education,” Ortmann said. “I also want to look at the team’s sports programs and it’s overall traditions.”
As a junior, Ortmann earned second-team all-district honors and first-team Houston Chronicle all-Greater Houston underclassman team.