The Wyoming football program has landed a transfer from UCLA in 5'9", 182-pound cornerback Jalen Ortiz. He verbally committed to Wyoming on Wednesday afternoon after visiting Laramie on June 14-15.
Ortiz is originally from Peoria, Arizona and attended Centennial High School, where he was 3-star in UCLA’s 2013 recruiting class. Ortiz was rated as high as the #27 athlete and #31 cornerback in the country and was also rated as high as the #3 player at any position in the state of Arizona. In addition to UCLA, Ortiz held offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, BYU, Utah and Washington.
Ortiz spent his first season with the Bruins as a wide receiver, but moved to the defensive secondary for the 2014 season. He played in 26 games the past two seasons, mainly on special teams and caught 4 passes for 27 yards as a true freshman.
Ortiz decided to depart from UCLA on 26th of May and after having a number of schools show interest, he narrowed his decision down to three programs. He selected the Cowboys over two other finalists in UNLV and Bowling Green.
After sitting out the 2015 season, Ortiz will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.