Standout QB Portis shows interest in Tigers

Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher have scouted quarterbacks all over the country for the Class of 2005 because LSU can't afford to go two years in a row without signing a top signal caller. <br.<br> While most of the top QB prospects on LSU's board have already committed elsewhere there is still one that has not announced his college destination and he will be in Baton Rouge this weekend for his official visit.

Josh Portis of Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft High School is a four-star player and's 11th rated quarterback.

The 6-3, 190-pounder is tough to defend because he can hurt you with his feet and his 4.55 speed, or he can sit back in the pocket and pick you apart with his arm.

As a junior, Portis accounted for more than 2,100 yards to total offense and 24 scores. He hoped to crush those numbers in 2004 and he is on pace to do just that. Five games into his senior campaign he has thrown for 980 yards and 14 scores, and ran for 454 yards and six more TDs.

Portis knows LSU has a need at quarterback and he thinks he would be a good fit for the type of offense the Tigers run.

"The coaches said they would take me in right now if I wanted to commit," Portis told Tiger Rag. "I'm pretty excited about getting down there for a visit. I know it's a great place to play football. I've heard a lot of great things about LSU and I'm looking forward to checking them out."

Portis has already taken official visits to Washington and Utah, and he hopes to have one set up soon for Oregon. Oklahoma, Arizona State and Oregon State are in contention for his fifth and final visit.

Portis recently went on the record and said Oregon, Utah and LSU was his top three.

Tiger Rag asked him if that was still the case and he replied, "Yes. That is still the same."

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