Portis a hit on Montlake

Josh Portis is a 6-4, 195-pound quarterback prospect from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, and Josh's name has really gotten around the recruiting circles of late. Schools from across the country have been impressed with Portis enough to offer scholarships, but there's one school that has made a recent push to the top of his wish list.

"Seattle is a great place," Portis told Dawgman.com Thursday when asked about a recent unofficial visit to the University of Washington. "I liked the education. Computer science will be my major, and I liked how Bill Gates is a part of that. The computer department is pretty good. I like how the campus is set up, it's not too far apart and it's got a beautiful view of Lake Washington. Also, the coaches and players are really nice. It was just a great atmosphere to be at and I really loved it."

Chris Tormey is the coach recruiting Josh for the Huskies, and the former Nevada head man knows a top QB prospect when he sees one. With Matt Tuiasosopo taking an offer from the Seattle Mariners to play professional baseball, an opportunity has opened up for a deserving prospect. With Portis being the only quarterback offered by UW at this point, it's clear who they want .

"He's a great person and he really wants me to come to Washington," Portis said of Tormey. "He's a great coach. I'm considering going to Washington."

Josh also knows a couple of Huskies; Dashon Goldson and Chet Sanders. "We go a ways back," said Portis. "Dashon played at a little higher level because he's a little older and I played against Chet. He's a hard hitter and he makes plays."

Portis is no slouch himself when talking about playmakers. He threw for 1900 yards in 2003, including 21 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, completing 60 percent of his passes. For his efforts, Portis was named All-League MVP and also named All-City. Physically, he boasts a 41-inch vertical jump, 4.5 40 and 4.3 shuttle.

"I'm continually growing," he said. "I think I'll be 6-5 and at least 200 pounds by the time I leave high school."

Portis' game is growing as well. "I'm a quarterback that can run or pass," he said. "I'm very, very accurate and I have a strong arm. I can run if I need to." He is a distant relative of former Miami running back Clinton Portis and is also related to former Alabama guard Marico Portis, now with the Tennessee Titans.

LSU, Kentucky, Arizona State, Utah, Marshall, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State and Washington have all offered Josh, while Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee are also recruiting him heavily.

Josh wants to visit Marshall, LSU and Utah before making his final decision. "Probably August, near the end of August," he said when asked about a timetable for a decision.

And a leader? "My favorite right now is Washington," said Portis.

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