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Gophers land four-star cornerback for 2021 class

Stephen Ortiz Jr. chose the Gophers over Miami, Nebraska and Oregon among others.
Stephen Ortiz Jr.

The future keeps getting brighter for the Gopher football team as four-star recruit Stephen Ortiz Jr. announced his commitment to the program via Twitter on Thursday night, choosing Minnesota over Miami, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington among other schools.

Ortiz is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback from Arizona, who was also ranked 17th at his position by 247Sports. As the 232nd recruit overall, he is also the highest-rated defensive back recruit in Gopher history per Ryan Burns of Gopher Illustrated.

While Ortiz is listed as a cornerback, the Gophers also see him as a versatile piece that can also play safety. 247Sports' Blair Angelo noted that he can grow into his frame and not lose quickness which would be a big help replacing the graduating Antoine Winfield Jr.

Ortiz is the seventh recruit for the class of 2021, which is currently ranked 17th in the nation according to 247Sports. 

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