Potter Kicking His Way Onto Radar

photo courtesy of Grand Haven Tribune / Misty Minn

One of the best kept secrets in the midwest and maybe the country is Grand Haven kicker John Potter. Potter's right leg has been a key weapon in the Buccaneers' 4-1 start to the season. Recently, he received his first offer and more should be on their way.

Every game he has played this year, John Potter has wowed the opposition. Grand Haven faithful are already pretty used to him drilling long field goals and putting kickoffs out the back of the end zone, but for those who are seeing him for the first time, it is hard to believe he isn't more well known. Muskegon head coach Tony Annesse said Potter was maybe the best he had ever seen.

This week, at least one school took notice, as the big legged kicker received his first scholarship offer.

"I was offered a scholarship from Western Michigan last weekend after their game," Potter reported, adding, "it is a great opportunity, but I'm going to wait to see who else might be interested before commiting."

There are a number of other schools after the 6'2, 190-lb Potter (who also starts at wide receiver and free safety) and right now, he says he wants to keep his options open.

"I don't want to rule anyone out," Potter said, "I'm interested in Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Notre Dame," he continued.

An outstanding student, he also has drawn interest from Ivy League schools like Dartmouth as well as Toledo and Grand Valley State.

The Wolverines, who already have a verbal from a Grand Haven player in OT Dann O'Neill, have kept in contact with Potter following three consecutive years he has attended their kicking camp and that is likely one place he will stop at before making a decision.

"I'll probably go up to Western again," he said, "and hopefully Michigan. My dad spoke to Coach Striping at UM who told him he was going to give my coach (Mike Farley) a call this week and offered to have us come to an upcoming game."

So far this season, Potter is six for seven on field goals, including one from 50 yards and two from 42. Through four games, he also had touchbacks on 18 of 24 kickoffs. On offense, he has two receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown and snared two interceptions on defense.

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