2019 DE Noah Potter Building Relationship with Elston

September 12, 2017
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2019 Mentor (Ohio) defensive end Noah Potter‍ saw his stock rise at The Opening regional in Cleveland this spring. Several programs around the Midwest have taken notice of the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder, including Notre Dame. 

Potter camped at Notre Dame over the summer and was back in South Bend on Saturday to see the Irish host Georgia. 

“It was really good,” Potter told Irish Sports Daily. “It was my first time going to a game, so it was cool to see how the game environment was and everything. I really enjoyed it.” 

The three-star prospect is no stranger to big-game environments and put Notre Dame’s game day atmosphere with the best of what he’s experienced. 

“It was up at the top,” stated Potter. “The history in the stadium and locker room was pretty incredible. I enjoyed The Walk into the stadium. I thought that was really cool.”

The Ohio native was dialed in during the game, as he was locked in on the Notre Dame defensive front.  

“I wasn’t really paying attention to the game because I was focused on the defensive line,” explained Potter. “They got a lot of pressure in my opinion. They did a great job. They came up short, but I felt the defensive line did well. 

“They had mostly four down linemen, so I could see myself fitting into that scheme.” 

Defensive line coach Mike Elston is a big reason Potter was in town on Saturday, and the two have started to develop a close relationship over the past few weeks. 

“On September 1st, he texted me and said he thought I was an exceptional football player and was looking forward to building a relationship,” Potter said. “We text pretty much every day and trying to build a relationship. 

“I spoke with him on Saturday. I had talked to him before, and he had been at my school. I really like him, and he’s a likable guy. I really like him as a coach.”

Notre Dame isn’t the only school coming after Potter hard, as the in-state Buckeyes have also made a big impression.

“Ohio State has had seven guys text me,” Potter stated. “They have been sending me letters too. One day they sent me 17 letters. Minnesota, Penn State, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and UNC are coming after me hard too.  

“I’ll probably get to Ohio State and Penn State. I might go to Michigan State too. I haven’t really decided yet. I would like to get to those schools this fall.” 

Potters holds early offers from Bowling Green, Iowa State, Kent State, Minnesota and Toledo, but is he a lock if the Buckeyes offer?  

“It would be an offer I would really like, but I am going to go to the school that’s best for me,” said Potter.

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