Coweta County

Posted On: 07/29/20 6:41 PM

2021 Cleveland (Rio Rancho) Storm standout defensive back Trey OrtegaTreyOrtega5'11" | DBCleveland | 2021StateNM is confirmation of what happens in recruiting when excellence on the football field combines effortlessly with academic acumen in the classroom.

The son of a Brown University graduate (and former football player there), Ortega is one of the top high school football players in New Mexico (No. 11 on our 2021 prospect ranking) and a 4.0 student to boot.

As a result, Ivy League schools are pursuing Ortega. Cornell and Columbia have already offered, while Yale, Princeton and Brown have expressed interest in the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder who was a key component of Cleveland’s Class 6A state championship team a season ago.

Columbia, situated in New York City, offered on Tuesday, offering Ortega another opportunity to play college football and earn a world-class education.

“I was ecstatic when I got the call (from Columbia),” Ortega told Prep Redzone New Mexico. “It was truly a blessing. I am very interested in playing at an Ivy League School. My dad played at Brown University and it set him up for life. Nothing but positives out of taking that route.”

Ortega holds 11 offers, possibly the most of any rising senior football

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