“I had eight catches for 122 yards and one touchdown.”
That quote isn’t a bad one for any high school prospect, much less a receiver, much less a receiver playing against solid competition in the state of Alabama.
But that quote comes from Trey Potts, a class of 2014 two-sport prospect, who happened to play his first varsity snap last week. That was his stat line.
The senior is a basketball standout, and has three offers to continue his career on the hardwood on the next level. But after last week’s breakout performance, football can be added to the list for the 6-foot-6, 215-pounder.
“I got an offer from MTSU to play football and basketball,” he said. “I hadn’t played (football) since my eighth-grade year. And I played defensive end.
“It feels a little different, because I have to keep playing good to keep the offer and to get more offers. But I think I got the hang of it.”
With long arms, jump-out-of-the-gym vertical ability and an imposing frame, it’s safe to say that it is just the beginning for the Athens (Ala.) star in many respects when it comes to football. But the next steps could be coming quite quickly.
“Louisville and Mississippi State are talking to me,” Potts said. “Those are all I know about right now, but my coach knows more. I want to hear from Alabama, Auburn and Clemson, because I like the way they play.
“I grew up an Alabama fan and because my cousin played for Alabama -- Rolando McClain. I didn’t go there much because I was more into basketball then.”
Should the 2015 prospect end up in the Southeastern Conference playing football, or basketball, or both, it would be the second time in three years the state of Alabama has featured such an odd and somehow not surprising storyline.
Former Birmingham (Ala.) Wenonah standout De’Runnya Wilson was a terror on the court before a dominant senior season on the gridiron, prompting several schools to push for his two-way talent. Listed at about the same size, Mississippi State won out in the end, and he could be one of the SEC emergers during the 2014 season.
Will Potts follow in “Bear’s” footsteps?
“I don’t know, that’s something I’ve been thinking about in the last few months,” he said when asked about picking one sport of the other. “We’ll see.”
Potts, who has basketball offers from Tennessee Tech and Alabama A&M in addition to MTSU, and Athens take to the field Thursday evening against Madison (Ala.) James Clemens.
Last week’s highlights, via HUDL: