You can add another check to the ever-growing list marked 'Things Blake Bortles has Accomplished.'
On Friday Oviedo High School will be retiring the quarterback's number and inducting him into the OHS Sports Hall of Fame. Nine other former OHS athletes and coaches will be inducted along with Bortles.
The ceremonies will take place at halftime of Oveido's 2014 football season home opener on Friday against Lake Brantley. UCF fans are probably most familiar with Bortles wearing No. 5, but on Friday it will be No. 9, which he wore while quarterbacking the Lions, which is also retired.
While at OHS, Bortles set Seminole County records in both career passing yards (5,576) and touchdowns (53). The team won district championships in both 2007 and 2009, Bortles' sophomore and senior seasons.
Oveido is where it all started for Bortles, but his legend in Florida football folklore continues to grow. Last year, he led UCF to it's first-ever victory in a BCS Bowl game by defeating Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, and was named the game's co-MVP. He has since been selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and has thrown for 435 yards and a touchdown in the teams first three preseason games.
There have been four numbers ever retired by the UCF football team, perhaps one day UCF will follow OHS's lead and make Bortles' number the fifth retired jersey. Until that time comes however, UCF will be starting a new quarterback era, and Bortles will be trying to make a name for himself on the football field in his third different city in Florida.