Going Back to Cali, @THEJAYDNOTT Runs Through Golden State Defenses Again

As a freshman, running back Jaydn Ott rushed for over 1,000 yards at Norco HS. He then transferred and found himself in a crowded backfield at national power Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fast forward and now Ott, a senior, finds himself running through California defenses once again.

So far, Ott has been outstanding in his return to Norco HS, which is 4-0 heading into this week’s game with Sierra Canyon (2-2). The 5-foot-11-inch, 190-pound Ott has flourished in the Norco offense. Through four games, he has rushed for 560 yard on 50 carries, an average of 11.2 yards per touch. The senior has rushed for eight touchdowns.

Ott’s best game thus far was an 18-carry, 233-yard performance against Rancho Cucamonga. He ran for four touchdowns, including the one you see in the clip below.

Ott’s longest run of this season was this 84-yard scoring jaunt in Norco’s 35-19 win over Vista Murrieta.

Scouting Report

Ott is an outstanding blend of both power and speed. He has a solid frame that can handle more weight as he continues to mature. Despite his short, stocky build, Ott is a long strider that can outrun just about anyone when he reaches the second level of a defense.

He changes directions very quickly and efficiently. That gives Ott the ability to make tacklers miss. He also prevents defenders from getting any good shots on him. He has a great burst and is a player that can also make an impact in returning punts and kicks.

Ott has proven himself time and again at Norco and at Bishop Gorman. He is one of the top running backs in the state of California and in the nation. That’s why he has accumulated nearly two dozen scholarship offers. You can see his talents in this highlight of the first three games of his senior season below.

Hard Work Will Pay Off

Becoming one of nation’s top running backs didn’t just happen overnight. Ott has worked hard to build his body and improve his speed, strength, and agility. Here he is running a 4.59 40-yard dash. He has run under 4.5 unofficially, which is outstanding for an athlete of his size.

Ott is also a beast in the weight room. He has bench pressed over 300 pounds and has an unofficial power clean max of 315. In the clip below, Ott benches 185 pounds 33 times.

Recruiting Process

Ott received his first offer in December 2018 after his freshman season at Norco. Colorado was the first to offer followed by Oregon State and UNLV in January 2019.

Oregon offered in early 2019 and Ott actually committed to the Ducks in April 2019. After de-committing, Ott committed to Cal this past July. After much thought and time with his family, Ott made the decision just last week to de-commit from Cal.

It appears that Oregon could be back in the picture for Ott, but he will take his time and make the best decision for himself and his family. For now, the Norco running back will continue doing what he does best – tearing up California high school defenses.

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