Big Shoes To Fill

Chris Potter

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian will hand over the quarterback position to Chris Potter this fall, who moves from receiver to behind center. Potter has plenty of interest from colleges, including four offers, after being one of Jimmy Clausen's targets the past few seasons...

After being on the receiving end of Jimmy Clausen's passes the last few years, wide receiver Chris Potter (5-11, 170, 4.48) will move to quarterback next year for CIF powerhouse Oaks Christian. Potter spent most of his junior year at receiver, and his performance has warranted him scholarship offers from programs all over the nation.

"I just got offered by Mississippi State, Colorado State, and Kentucky at receiver," said Potter, who also received an offer from Troy earlier this year. "I am really excited because it has always been my dream to get a scholarship to play college football, and now I have the choice where I want to play."

Many times when a player switches position for senior year, colleges are timid in offering the prospect. However, Potter was an integral part of Oaks Christian's high flying offense, racking up 822 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also attributed 261 yards passing and two touchdowns while filling in for Clausen during blowouts. That type of versatility and production was evidence enough for the offers to start coming in.

The offers should only be the start for Potter, who plans to visit a lot of campuses this spring and summer before starting his senior year. Currently, he is spending most of his time throwing for next year, and making sure not to neglect his receiver skills.

"During the week I am out there throwing with all of our receivers." Potter said. "I am just trying to get back into my groove at quarterback by strengthening my relationships with our receivers. On the weekends I am working really hard on my receiver skills, because that's where my future is."

As a receiver, Potter already possesses good route running skills and timing, as well as great speed and hands. The one knock on him has been his size, but even that has begun to change. Since the season ended, Potter has shown promise by growing two inches and gaining ten pounds.

"I have been in the weight room as much as possible because I am always trying to get bigger and faster," Potter said.

An early commitment is not on the horizon for Potter, who said that he is trying to keep his options open for a while, and is not counting any schools out. For now though, Potter said he favors Colorado, Colorado State, Oregon, Oregon State, and Boise State.

What about the possibility of reuniting with longtime friend Jimmy Clausen in South Bend?

"Oh man, Jimmy and I have been friends for a long time. We would go watch his brothers (Rick and Casey) play at Tennessee and used to cheer for Colorado together," Potter said. "Everything the scouts say about him is true, about his arm strength and accuracy. He is just a great quarterback and if I got to play with him for another couple years that would be awesome."

While he knows that his future is at receiver, Potter does not hide his excitement about playing quarterback next year.

"I am really excited to play quarterback next year," Potter said, "I hope that it helps to show off my versatility to everyone. The coaches and I have been preparing for this a long time, and I want to make the most of it."

Potter's work ethic on the field is matched in the classroom, where he has a 3.0 core GPA, and is taking classes to prepare for the SAT and ACT this spring. Recommended Stories

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