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Noah Potter made his commitment to Ohio State public on Monday evening. It was the end of a long recruiting process for the 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect from Mentor, Ohio. The 4-star recruit has held an offer from the Buckeyes since October, but it was during a visit to Ohio Stadium for the spring game on Saturday when Potter actually made his decision known to the coaches.
Urban Meyer is usually known as one of the top recruiting aces in college football, but Potter actually preferred to commit to defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Johnson would be his future positional coach and the two have a close bond.
“I actually asked Coach Meyer if our meeting could be over so I could talk to Coach Johnson. Coach Johnson didn’t believe me at first when I committed. Then he just started yelling and clapping all of the sudden,” Potter laughed as he told Land of 10 the story of his commitment. “I made sure I committed directly to Coach Johnson, that’s just the relationship we have.”
Potter has been on the recruiting radar since his sophomore year at Mentor and it’s easy to see why. He comes from an athletic family that also includes sophomore Buckeyes basketball big man Micah Potter. Despite seeing Micah and his other older brother, former West Virginia baseball player Caleb, go through the recruiting process, it still stressed out the youngest Potter brother.
With offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and others – part of an offer list that numbers two dozen programs in total – all of the recruiting attention can become overwhelming.
“I’m mostly feeling relief,” Potter admitted. “I’m happy that recruiting is over.”
It isn’t just a close, personal relationship with Johnson that drew Potter to Ohio State. He’s seen the way that Johnson develops and utilizes his highly regarded defensive ends. Johnson has sent 16 – and counting – defensive linemen to the NFL Draft in his career, with at least three more likely to join that club later in April.
Potter can see himself fitting right into the culture of his “Rushmen” as he begins a career as a Buckeyes defensive lineman.
“Ohio State was the right fit because of Larry Johnson and how I fit into their scheme. Their defensive ends play just how I do,” he explained.
The 247Sports composite rankings consider Potter to be the No. 240 prospect overall in the 2019 class, the No. 18 strongside defensive end nationally and the No. 8 recruit in the state of Ohio. He is commitment No. 5 for Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 17 overall on the composite team rankings.
In addition to joining his older brother, Potter will also link up with Buckeyes tackle commitment Ryan Jacoby, his high school teammate and close friend at Mentor. Jacoby committed to Ohio State early in March, becoming the second 2019 prospect to commit to the Buckeyes.