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Committed: 2019 4-Star Defensive End Noah Potter

  • OFFERED: OCTOBER 28, 2017
  • COMMITTED: APRIL 16, 2018

The younger brother of Buckeyes basketball player Micah, Noah Potter is a talented young defensive lineman at Mentor High School in Northeast Ohio. 

Potter, 6-foot-5 and 250-pounds, is the country’s 24th-ranked strong-side defensive end and Ohio’s seventh-ranked prospect in the class of 2019. 

He chose Ohio State over Penn State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State and others.

Potter’s frame, his long arms especially, make him look like a prototype defensive end and he’s worked tirelessly to develop into that role after speculation early in his career about potentially moving over to the offensive line began.  

At present, he’s a much better pass rusher than he is a run-stuffing defensive end, but the physical tools are all present and so is the desire to improve. 

If Potter makes a similar jump heading into his senior year as he did between his sophomore and junior seasons, there’s no reason to think he couldn’t push for playing time as a freshman when he arrives in Columbus.

An extremely motivated and hard-working prospect, Potter will look for any opportunity to prove to “doubters” that he’s got what it takes to be a star at Ohio State.

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“I know (Ohio State) was a place he really liked. I give him credit. He did his due diligence throughout the process, handled it the right way. I’m proud of him.”

BIRM’S TAKE

If you had only chance to watch Noah Potter the sophomore, you may have been a little surprised by the early Ohio State offer he received. 

If you got a chance to check out his junior film – you can below – you may find yourself wondering how he’s ranked as only the No. 9 player in Ohio. 

If he can keep that trajectory consistent, there’s a chance for some very big things from Noah Potter in Columbus. There is work to be done – Potter will have to improve in his effectiveness against the run and needs to work on his center of gravity and staying low off the ball – but potential is not a concern here at all.

Potter’s commitment, which came about six months after Larry Johnson, Sr. offered him, was not a surprise, primarily because of Johnson and Potter’s publicly stated desire to play for and be coached by, the legendary Buckeyes defensive line coach. It’s the bond between he and Johnson that fueled his desire to play at Ohio State and it is that relationship that will make sure the Buckeyes get the most out of his enormous potential.

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