Tour of Champions: Potter ready to bring big leg to Clemson

Tour of Champions: Potter ready to bring big leg to Clemson

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Tour of Champions: Potter ready to bring big leg to Clemson

Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe kicker B.T. Potter put on a show for those watching him before his team’s 25-0 victory over Shelby (N.C.) on Friday night. The Clemson commit possesses exceptional talent and showed that off by nailing back-to-back 56-yard field goals in pregame warmups.

It was an impressive spectacle, but not really by Potter’s standards. He is used to booming field goals from long range in both practice and games and even sent a 71-yarder through the uprights in practice recently.

The Clemson Insider was on location at South Pointe High for Friday’s game as part of our Tour of Champions and caught up with Potter afterward.

“A few weeks ago at practice, I hit a 71,” Potter said.

“There was some wind with it, but I still made it,” he added with a smile.

In five games this season so far, Potter (5-11, 170) has made four field goals of 30 or more yards, including two from 45 yards out in one game.

Being a dependable field-goal kicker isn’t all Potter brings to the table, as one of his biggest assets is his ability to consistently boot balls deep into the end zone on kickoffs. As a junior last season, he kicked 95 of 105 kickoffs for touchbacks.

Clemson has told Potter he will have a chance to compete for the kickoff duties upon his arrival to campus next year, while he is in line to replace All-American Greg Huegel as the team’s placekicker once Huegel departs.

Potter, who is ranked as the country’s No. 1 kicker according to the Chris Sailer Kicker rankings, is looking to make an instant impact at the next level.

“Really I’m just hoping to come in immediately and dominate,” Potter said. “I’ve been talking to coaches, and if everything works out, I should be doing pretty good there.”

Potter earned an offer from Dabo Swinney after impressing at the Swinney Camp on June 7 and committed to Clemson the same day. It was a dream come true for the in-state standout, who grew up a fan of the Tigers.

Potter then attended Clemson’s All In Cookout in July and returned on unofficial visits for the Auburn and Boston College games this month.

Before the Tigers’ 14-6 victory over Auburn, Potter and fellow Clemson commits were able to get a taste of what it will be like when they rub Howard’s Rock and run down the hill before games in the near future.

“It was crazy,” Potter said. “The Clemson fans are amazing. Before the game, all the committed players got to go to the hill, and that was amazing. I cannot wait to do that.”

Potter in Death Valley before Clemson’s win against Auburn on Sept. 9

 

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