Quarterback Josh Portis (6-4, 190, 4.57) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft came back from NIKE Camp after a fine performance and he received an official offer last night via the telephone. Utah was the first school out of the gate with an offer and it has been a steady stream of offers since then.
The Oregon Ducks have now officially offered Portis a scholarship.
The Ducks are now in company with Arizona State, Washington, Oregon State, Colorado, San Jose, Marshall, Duke and Utah as schools that have legitimately offered Portis.
Michigan and Arizona are also showing interest in Portis after his fine showing at NIKE.
One thing that quarterbacks have to have is courage and leadership. While leadership is often talked about when speaking about signal callers, courage and toughness are not.
Portis is both tough and courageous.
The other day at school, this poor young girl was being verbally abused and was about to get jumped when Portis stepped while being vastly outnumbered and stood up for this girl.
The bullies know Portis as a school leader and they retreated. Portis let the bullies know how wrong they were for teasing this girl and for wanting to do her physical harm.
Taft’s Principal and Dean of Students are extremely proud of the action that Portis took.
That story speaks volumes to the level of courage and character that Portis has.
Portis now has the thanks of the school’s administration and he has a new friend in that young girl.
Not only is Portis a hero on and off the football field, but he’s a very valuable recruit because he will graduate this January and be able to participate in spring ball for the lucky school that inks him in February.
As a junior while performing for a running team, Portis threw for 1,881 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had three touchdowns on the ground, one he ran in from 65 yards out.
Portis has been working extremely hard this off-season and under the tutelage of Taft head coach Troy Starr he has improved immensely as a quarterback. Look for his stats to be even better this fall.