On Monday evening, Ohio State landed a commitment from 4-star Mentor, Ohio, defensive end Noah Potter. Potter’s commitment came shortly after an unofficial visit to the Buckeyes’ annual spring game in Ohio Stadium on Saturday. He is a 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect ranked as the No. 18 strongside defensive end, No. 240 prospect overall, and No. 8 prospect in Ohio’s 2019 class, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
By landing Potter, the Buckeyes added their fifth commitment of 2019 overall and first defensive lineman. He will join Mentor teammate Ryan Jacoby, a fellow 2019 Buckeyes commit, and his older brother Micah Potter, a sophomore big man for Buckeyes basketball, at Ohio State.
What Noah Potter’s commitment means for Ohio State on the field
Potter is a physically impressive defensive end with high-end athleticism for his size and an ideal frame at the position. His wingspan appears to be even longer than his listed height, and Potter uses those long arms to his advantage as a pass rusher. At this point, Potter appears to excel most at getting after the quarterback.
Upon arriving at Ohio State, the Buckeyes will look to add size and mass to Potter’s frame, which seems as if it can carry an additional 20 to 30 pounds as he matures. His physical development will aid Potter in stopping the run. Potter has already made great strides in that department during his high school career, so there’s no reason to think he’ll stop. He has an impressive ceiling.
With Nick Bosa almost certain to depart the Buckeyes after his junior season for the NFL draft, Potter will likely compete immediately for playing time and a spot on the two-deep chart.
What Noah Potter’s commitment means for Ohio State recruiting
This is Ohio State’s first commitment on the defensive line in the 2019 class and commitment No. 5 overall, joining running back Sampson James, safety Ronnie Hickman and two offensive linemen, Jacoby and Doug Nester. Four of Ohio State’s five commitments are 4-star prospects.
Ohio State will take two to four defensive ends in 2019, and Potter was one of the top targets. From here, the Buckeyes will continue to aggressively pursue 5-star Ohio prospect Zach Harrison, 5-star Georgia commit Nolan Smith II, 4-star Kansas native Marcus Hicks, recent 3-star offer Terrell Dawkins of North Carolina and several others. In-state prospect Dontay Hunter II has not been offered, but remains on the radar.
The Buckeyes badly wanted Potter and offered him relatively early in the process, in October of his junior year. It’s always good for Ohio State to keep a 4-star Ohio prospect at home. Beating conference rivals such as Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan and high-level national programs such as Alabama, Notre Dame and Florida makes it even sweeter.
The 2019 Ohio State recruiting class now is ranked No. 17 overall in the 247Sports composite team rankings and No. 3 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have the top-ranked class nationally with 5 or fewer commits and stand at No. 5 in the country in average recruit ranking.