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Clemson commit gives Tigers what they need

After showing off his talent and the strength of his right leg at the Dabo Swinney Camp on Wednesday of last week, B.T. Potter was invited into Swinney’s office.

That’s where the 2018 kicker prospect from Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe received a full-ride scholarship offer from Clemson’s head coach.

“I was super happy,” Potter told The Clemson Insider. “We were in coach Swinney’s office, and my dad and I made eye contact and both started smiling. We were happy. We definitely knew that’s what we wanted to do then.”

Potter, who coveted an offer from the Tigers as a longtime Clemson fan, was tempted to commit on the spot. But he decided to discuss things with his family over dinner before returning to campus and informing Swinney of his decision to commit.

“I definitely thought about it, but I wanted to sit and talk with my family about it,” Potter said. “So, we went out to eat, and then I texted coach Swinney and I asked him if I could come back there. I did, and I met with him.

“He was really happy. We talked for a minute, and he said he can’t wait for me to get down there and that he thinks I’m going to do big things for them.”

Potter earned the offer after competing against a few other kickers at the Swinney Camp — in Death Valley with Swinney, special teams coordinator Danny Pearman, area recruiter Jeff Scott and Brent Venables watching.

He performed well while kicking field goals and punting, but especially shined with his kickoffs, booting all three of them for touchbacks. Two went nine yards deep into the end zone, while the other went five yards deep.

“I did pretty good for field goals and punts, and I did really good at kickoffs,” Potter said. “Coach Swinney said that’s what they really needed.”

Pearman and Scott were impressed, as well.

“(Pearman) said that he really likes my kickoffs, too, and same thing with coach Scott,” Potter said. “They said that will really help them because they spent a lot of time working on kickoffs.”

Clemson’s staff has told Potter he has the chance to fulfill all of the kicking duties at the next level.

“We’ve talked about it some, and I’m in a good situation there because my freshman year, they’re going to want me to kick off,” Potter said. “And then after Greg Huegel leaves, they’re going to want me to kick field goals. He said that the punting is up for grabs, so if I do good there, I can get that, too.”

The situation is a dream come true for Potter, who is thrilled about his opportunity to follow in the footsteps of past Clemson kicker greats such as Chandler Catanzaro and Bradley Pinion.

“I look up to Bradley Pinion and Chandler because I work with the same coach that they go to (Dan Orner), and they’re just really good,” Potter said. “It’s amazing, especially growing up a Clemson fan, going to games and always dreaming about doing it there. Now that it’s actually going to happen, I can’t wait.”

Potter also had offers from Army and Mercer and was drawing interest from South Carolina.

As a junior last season, he made 11 of 15 field-goal attempts with a long of 49. He also converted 49 of 54 extra-point attempts.

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