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After Cookout, Potter ‘can’t wait’ for future at Clemson

Clemson kicker commitment B.T. Potter is used to booting balls through the back of the end zone, but this weekend, he hit his share out of the yard.

Potter joined most of his fellow commits in Clemson’s class of 2018 and a couple of other top prospects at Clemson’s All In Cookout on Friday evening, and one of the activities the recruits participated in was a wiffle ball home run derby on the wiffle ball field at the new football operations facility.

“I hit a few home runs but we got beat in the finals by the coaches,” Potter said, laughing.

Clemson’s sixth annual All In Cookout had all kinds of food, including barbeque, corndogs, hamburger and cheeseburger sliders, nachos, pretzels with cheese, snow cones and 10 different drink choices including homemade lemonade.

There were plenty of watermelons, too, for the watermelon-eating contest, which was won by Clemson defensive tackle commit Darnell Jefferies. The prospects also had time to suit up in Clemson uniforms for a photo shoot.

In addition to the prospects, their family members and Clemson’s coaching staff, a number of current Tigers players were on hand for the event.

“It was awesome,” Potter said. “It was cool that we got to hang around the players and coaches all night. The games we got to play were also fun.”

Among the guests was a pair of Clemson targets, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage four-star cornerback Tyson Campbell and Butler (Ga.) Taylor County four-star running back Lyn-J Dixon, a Tennessee commit.

Potter spoke with them and thinks they enjoyed themselves.

“They seemed to like it pretty well!” he said.

As for Clemson’s commits, Potter believes the cookout helped strengthen their bond.

“It was the first time I met some of the guys, and I feel like we’re all going to be close,” Potter said.

Potter, who hails from South Pointe High in Rock Hill, S.C., competed with several other kickers at the Dabo Swinney Camp on June 7 and earned an offer from Clemson on the spot after impressing the staff with his showing.

It was a dream come true for Potter, who committed to Clemson that night.

After attending the All In Cookout, the country’s No. 1 kicker according to the Chris Sailer Kicking rankings is even more excited about his future at Clemson.

“I can’t wait,” Potter said. “The players were telling me about how fun it is, and it made me really look forward to it.”

As a junior last season, Potter converted 12 of 19 field goals with a long of 49 yards. He kicked 95 of 105 kickoffs for touchbacks.

 

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