Quarterback Josh Portis (6-4, 200, 4.5) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft is having a monster senior season. This red-hot signal-caller is getting it done with his arm and his feet. Portis did it all last Friday Evening downing previously undefeated Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne 35-13.
On the night Portis accounted for four touchdowns. He completed 11 passes out of 17 attempts for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Portis rushed for 109 yards and two more scores. One of his rushing touchdowns was a 75-yard dash past a very fast Narbonne defense.
On the season, Portis has thrown for 975 yards and 13 touchdown in five games. He has rushed for 444 and has six rushing scores.
With playmaking capabilities like that it’s no wonder that the interest in Portis in mounting and he already has over 15 offers.
Portis has taken two of his official visits to Washington and Utah.
The Utes like him so much that it has been said that Utah head coach has stated that if Portis ends up at Utah that he will win a Heisman.
If Portis continues to improve as he has the alleged statement by Meyer may turn out to be right.
Portis will be packing his bags this weekend and will head to Baton Rouge for a visit to LSU.
Portis has a current top six schools of Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, LSU and the latest school to join the fray Kansas State.
Portis is keeping his options open for the last two visits and he acknowledged that things could change among his top schools.
Right now Portis is focusing more on getting the job done on the football field for Taft and winning football games. His competitive spirit to be the best is another positive quality that colleges like about Portis.
“Josh is really responding to coaching,” Taft coach Troy Starr said in an earlier interview with Rivals.com. “He has a burning desire to become a great quarterback.”
“Josh is working hard to perfect his technique,” Starr said. “And he’s taken great strides.”
“I doubt there is a better athletic quarterback in the nation,” Starr said. “You have to see it to believe it.”
Starr should know, he has an excellent track record of getting his quarterbacks to the next level. His last three starting quarterbacks have made it to the D-I level.
Portis will make it four in a row.
Portis recorded a 40.3 vertical jump at the NIKE Football Training Camp in Los Angeles last spring and has actually recorded a 43-inch vertical and a 9’7” standing long jump for Taft coach Troy Starr.
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. He ran one in from 65 yards out.
Portis has great bloodlines. His first cousin is former Alabama standout and Tennessee Titan Marico Portis. His third cousin is running back former Miami Hurricane and now one of the best in the business Clinton Portis of the Washington Redskins.
Keep this in mind. Portis is fully qualified with a 3.3 GPA and a passing test score. He will be able to graduate in the winter and participate in spring ball for the lucky school that signs him.