Northern California linebacker standout Joe Mortensen (6-2, 235, 4.58) from Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley has seen his stock climb steadily due in part by his outstanding effort in the off-season and his performance so far for the season of 2003.
Mortensen saw his stock really get a boost when word spread about his terrific showing at the Nebraska Cornhusker camp last summer. How good was Mortensen at the NU camp? He was selected camp MVP and left home with an offer from the Cornhuskers.
The Cornhusker camp wasn’t the only place that Mortensen showed off his skills last summer and impressed folks. He also attended camp at Fresno State and week after camp was finished, the Bulldogs offered Mortensen a scholie.
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The San Jose State Spartans followed suit and have also offered Mortensen a full ride.
“I guess I’m doing pretty good this season,” Mortensen said. “ But I haven’t clue what my stats are.”
Mortensen had an outstanding junior season that saw him be selected all-city and all-league on both sides of the ball as a linebacker and tight end. What makes Mortensen’s stats even more impressive is the fact that he played most of his junior season banged up with an injury that affected his overall speed and quickness.
As a linebacker, Mortensen racked up 125 tackles, eight sacks and had three picks. As a tight end, he caught 17 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns.
By the end of the season Mortensen was showing off his quickness as he was garnering D-I attention for his ability as linebacker.
Outside of the teams that have already offered Mortensen a ride he has set one visit set to Washington December 12th. He is currently in the process of setting up visits to UCLA and Nebraska.
Another team in the picture is UNLV.
There will be more teams entering the Mortensen sweepstakes as the season progresses.