Gig Harbor High senior quarterback Davis Alexander is headed to Portland State to continue his football career. Alexander announced his commitment last week on Twitter.
“After talking with my family, I thought it was a good fit for me,” Alexander said Tuesday. “My family also recognized that, which I thought was pretty special.”
Alexander visited in late September with some of his teammates and liked what he saw. Portland State’s coaches had been recruiting him since the start of the season.
“I like their blue collar-type attitude,” Alexander said. “They’re going to outwork everyone. This year, they were OK with being called the underdogs.”
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If they’re the underdogs, they’re a pretty solid one. The Vikings knocked off Washington State earlier this season in Pullman, 24-17. Alexander’s older brother, Dillon, is currently a senior at WSU.
“He was texting me saying, ‘There’s no way they’re actually going to do this,’” Alexander said. “To be honest, I was so jacked (when they won).”
Alexander has been wildly successful in Gig Harbor’s offense as one of the state’s best dual-threat quarterbacks. Tides coach Aaron Chantler doesn’t think there’s anyone better in the state.
“I’m biased, but no, I don’t think there is,” Chantler told The News Tribune last week. “There are some very good quarterbacks in this state. (Lake Stevens’) Jacob Eason is a very talented quarterback going to Georgia. But he is more of a pocket passer. Huge arm.
“Blake Gregory at Skyline is a very good quarterback, Gresch Jensen (of Auburn Mountainview) is a very good quarterback and Liam Fitzgerald of Camas is a very good quarterback. And all those guys can run a little bit. But then you look at Davis’ numbers and what he really does in the run game — it means he’s not just a guy who runs around. He leads our team in rushing. I mean, that’s no coincidence. He’s special.”
And it was no coincidence Alexander committed after Portland State announced Oct. 14 that Barnum had signed a five-year contract after entering the season as the interim coach.
“That was a big thing for me and my family,” Alexander told The News Tribune. “We wanted to make sure he was going to be there.”
Alexander is likely to redshirt, with junior quarterback Alex Kuresa having a big year and likely to come back for his senior season. But Alexander will still compete for the job.
“If they give me a chance, I’ll try to take advantage of it,” Alexander said. “They’re going to let me compete.”
Alexander has visited the Portland area three or four times recently and said he likes the city.
“I think it’s really cool — the campus is right in downtown Portland,” he said. “I’m a big Damian Lillard fan. I’ll try to go to some (Trail Blazers) games.”
Alexander may see some familiar faces, too. Peninsula grad Robert Kvinsland is redshirting at Idaho State and former Tides wideout Reese Carlson is having a good season with Montana, to name a couple.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Alexander said. “It’s pretty crazy. You play against these guys in high school and the opportunity to play them in college is unreal.”