Ricky Ortega: Quarterback
High School: Coatesville
- 10,200 Passing Yards (3rd most in PA history)
- 129 Passing Touchdowns (2nd in PA history)
- First PA QB with 4 2,000 Yard seasons
- 2,993 Rushing Yards
- 46 Rushing Touchdowns
- 177 total Touchdown (2 Receiving, Tied for most in PA history)
- Daily Local Newspaper player of the year 2017 & 2018
- 4 Ches-Mont Titles
- 2 District Titles
He is called by many the most successful quarterback to come out of this area in recent memory, possibly of all time. For the last few years, it has seemed like District 1 has been The Ricky Ortega and Coatesville Show. The Ortegas have been in the spotlight for a long time now, with Ricky’s dad, Matt, being the head coach for the Red Raiders. Having won four Ches-Mont titles in a row and two district championships, all Ricky has known is dominance in his time at Coatesville. Some doubt Ortega for his size, but he seems to be proving them wrong at every turn and looks to continue his dominance at the Villanova University this upcoming year.
Ricky is an even better person than he is a quarterback and will give everything he has every day at Villanova. I talked a bit with Ricky about his career so far and going forward below.
What has been your favorite moment at Coatesville?
My favorite moment at Coatesville was winning on the final play of the game against Downingtown East my sophomore year.
You leave this level being called by many possibly the best QB to come out of Ches-Mont, even PA, what does that mean to you?
It means a lot being recognized as one of the top QBs in the Ches-Mont and PA history. It’s something I dreamed of and worked so hard to accomplish, and I’m very blessed and fortunate to be able to reach the goals I set for myself when I was younger. I couldn’t have done it without my family, friends, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
What led you to choose Villanova?
What led me to Villanova was they were a school that believed in me since day one and told me how it was and didn’t lie. They didn’t care about my height, and that was a knock on some other colleges. They believed in who I was, and that made me feel very good. The coaches are great. They are great football coaches and people. Villanova is a great academic school with top notch athletics, and on top of that it’s close to home.
Who do you thank most for your success?
I thank my mom and my dad the most for my success because they pushed me into working hard and believed that I could do anything, if I worked at it. They were my biggest supporters through it all and always helped me out no matter what.
What are your goals for Villanova?
My goals for Villanova are to play early and lead Villanova to a CAA championship and also a national championship.
What do you look to bring to the next level?
I look to bring leadership to the next level. I feel like leadership is the most important piece to a football team. Without leadership, a team can only go so far. I am going to give it my all and do my best to be the best QB I can be.
What are your hobbies outside of football?
My hobbies would be spending time with family and friends. Also I love to watch movies and TV series on Netflix.
Do you have any messages for your coaches from either your past or future?
I would just like to thank all my coaches for always believing in me as a player and a person. I couldn’t have done it without any of my coaches all the way up from pee wee league, all the way up to high school.
Are there any players that you model your game after?
I would say I model my game after Kyler Murray or Johnny Manziel. I feel that I am a similar QB and play the same they do.
Several people have doubted you about your height and you proved them wrong so many times. What do you have to say to these haters?
I mean that was a huge obstacle I had to overcome with recruiting and people doubting me. I love that people say I’m too short; that pushes me even more to be the best I can be. It makes me play with a chip on my shoulder, and it’s the best feeling showing all the doubters wrong after all of my success. All I would say is keep doubting!!! #HeartOverHeight
What was it like playing for your dad?
It was a great opportunity playing for my dad. We have had so many great memories that will last a lifetime. It was the funnest time of my life, but these past four years flew by. Without him, I wouldn’t be the player or person I am today. He has taught me so many things, not just in football but in life. What we accomplished was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
You and Dapree are both going to Villanova, what has your relationship been like on and off the field throughout the years?
Me and Dapree have been playing together since we were in second grade, so we know each other very well, and it’s cool that we are going to the same college together. We have not only played football together, we also played AAU basketball together all the way through middle school, so our relationship continues to grow every year.