Santa Maria’s Ortiz to play football at Texas Lutheran

SANTA MARIA — Santa Maria senior Isaac Ortiz has always felt that, when it comes to playing sports, he has the ability to compete with the best.

After signing his national letter of intent Monday to play football at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, it’s now something he’s sure about.

“It means a lot to sign on with Texas Lutheran because it means my hard work is paying off,” Isaac said. “It shows that I can compete with anyone because I know I can. However, I don’t put myself on a pedestal. I grind and work every day to get what I deserve.”

For Isaac, choosing to play for TLU was based on many things like the program and coaches, however, one thing stood out the most: Family.

His older brother, David, signed on to play with the Bulldogs last season to play football and run track, and since then, Isaac has learned to love the school as much as his sibling.

“I didn’t know too much about TLU until my brother was recruited there,” Isaac said. “I would come around because he was there and I fell in love with their facilities and program.”

“The coaches and players get along like one big family and everybody there wants to be successful.”

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