High School Sports

Gig Harbor QB Davis Alexander commits to Portland State

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Too short to ever get to an NCAA Division I school?

Guess not.

Gig Harbor High School’s senior quarterback Davis Alexander, who is listed at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds and last year earned the 4A Narrows League MVP, committed to Portland State University Thursday night.

“It was just really cool to reach one of my dreams and go D-1,” Alexander said. “I hear a whole bunch of stuff. Whatever. You’re not tall enough, blah, blah, blah. It doesn’t really mean much to me because when a team like Portland State puts their faith in me, it means a lot.”

Alexander led the second-ranked Tides to a 6-0 start entering Friday with 1,451 passing yards and 651 rushing yards. The dual-threat quarterback will enter a system under Portland State coach Bruce Barnum that has allowed current PSU quarterback Alex Kuresa to throw for 705 yards and rush for another 287 through five games (4-1).

As far as dual-threat quarterbacks go, Gig Harbor coach Aaron Chantler said there’s none better in the state than Alexander.

“I’m biased, but no, I don’t think there is,” Chantler said. “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 Wednesday 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 said. “We wanted to make sure he was going to be there.

“It felt like a place that was right for me and not only did I recognize that, but my parents did, too. I like the coaching staff there. I like the ‘Barney Ball’ philosophy of blue collar and work hard. It felt like something that I work with pretty well.”

Portland State opened its season with a 24-17 win over Washington State.

Alexander was named to The News Tribune’s All-Area team last season as a multi-purpose player. He said he wanted to get his commitment out of the way as earlier as possible to ensure his focus was on his senior season at Gig Harbor.

“Right now, I just want to focus on the season,” Alexander said. “We got a good shot to reach our goals and get to the Tacoma Dome and I wanted our teammates to know that I was focused on the season and college will come later. That was big for me.”

He said he attended Portland State’s game against Western Oregon on Sept. 26 and was offered just before the start of the game. He also had offers from Montana Tech and the College of Idaho.

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