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Portis sees offers climb to five

Quarterback Josh Portis (6-4, 190, 4.57) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft has seen his stock start to sizzle. Portis now has five offers on the table and others are imminent. Utah was the first school out of the gate with an offer then Arizona State and Colorado quickly followed suit.
Now Oregon State and Oregon have tendered offers for the talented Portis.
Oregon State offered two weeks ago and the Beavers’ defensive coordinator Mark Banker was on the Taft campus taking in a workout. Banker was overheard saying that he would like to have Portis right now.
Oregon offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Andy Ludwig called last night offering Portis a scholarship while telling him that he’s their number one quarterback prospect on their list.
So far this spring Cal’s head coach Jeff Tedford and Utah’s head coach Urban Meyer have shown up on campus. Portis has received phone calls from Oklahoma and Marshall.
Arizona State, Oklahoma, LSU and Marshall also have Taft high school on their visit agenda this spring.
Portis is fast becoming this recruiting season’s Rocky Hinds. More than one college coach has used that comparison.
There is a reason why Portis is growing as a football by leaps and bounds this off-season and is one of the most sought after quarterback on the west coast.
Portis is working his tail off.
“Josh is really responding to coaching,” Taft head coach Troy Starr said. “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.”
Portis recently participated at USC’s skills camp where he ran a 4.5 40 and recorded a 40.7 vertical jump. He will also attend the NIKE Camp held in Stanford and then the next day is at the Elite 11 quarterback tryout camp being held in Berkeley.
Another thing that makes Portis a very valuable recruit is the fact that 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.