RECRUITING: California QB interested in OU?

Woodland Hills, Calif. run/pass QB Josh Portis talks about his game, top seven schools and interest in Oklahoma.

JOSH PORTIS, QB, 6'3, 195, 4.5, WOODLAND HILLS, CALIFORNIA (WILLIAMS HOWARD TAFT HS):

Josh Portis is one of the best run/pass quarterbacks in the country, and the fact he is a great athlete certainly has a number of schools, including Oklahoma, excited about his abilities.

"I have improved my abilities to pass the ball every year," said Portis, who has started at quarterback since his freshman season. "I have improved my arm strength, my accuracy and my footwork every year. I have become a much better quarterback. I would say I am pass/run guy because I like to think of myself as a passer first and then a runner second. I use my running ability for the biggest plays in football, which are broken plays. I use it when plays break down and I have to tuck the ball and run when all the receivers are covered. I can do that pretty well, but I am always looking to throw the ball first."

Last season Portis threw for 1,921 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 400 yards and four touchdowns operating out of a spread one-back offense. Portis was able to have a very successful year despite the defense dropping seven guys back in the secondary to try to stop his passing game. Portis had great success tucking the ball under and running up the middle or many times finding the open man up the middle.

"Last year was my best year throwing the ball pretty much," said Portis. "I read the defenses better than ever before, and I can pre-snap read a defense very well now."

Portis can bench 260 pounds, squats 405 and he has a vertical jump 41'7 inches. Portis attended the Stanford Nike camp and the individual camps at USC and UCLA. He also attended the Elite 11 regional camp, and many felt he was the best QB at the camp.

At this point Portis says 13 schools that have offered him, making him the most offered QB in California.

"I like Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma, LSU, Kentucky, Marshall and Utah," said Portis. "I really don't have a favorite right now. I would say that I am wide open, but Washington is a school that maybe stands out to me the most.

"Oklahoma hasn't offered me, but they have told me that they want to see some of my early games and then they will probably offer me. Oklahoma is a very prestigious school with a great football tradition. I want to take all my five visits and then see where things stand. Right now I don't know where I will visit."

Portis has qualified.

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