Clemson coaches visit Potter, surprise mom

Clemson coaches visit Potter, surprise mom


Clemson coaches visit Potter, surprise mom

After winning another ACC title, Clemson’s coaches hit the recruiting trail this week with another No. 1 ranking in tow. During the ongoing NCAA contact period, college coaches are allowed to have in-person meetings with recruits and their families away from the college’s campus, so the Tigers have stayed busy while making the rounds to visit commits and priority targets.

Clemson kicker commit BT Potter drew a stop from Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott on Thursday. Potter and his father met with the coaches for about 45 minutes at South Pointe High in Rock Hill, S.C.

“We talked about a lot, but basically they told me they’re ready for me to get there and get to work,” Potter told TCI.

Then, the coaches surprised Potter’s mother — a fifth-grade teacher at Finley Road Elementary School in Rock Hill — by showing up at her classroom.

“My mom couldn’t get off (of work) so we surprised her at her school,” Potter said, “and coach Swinney talked to the kids in her classroom for about 15 minutes.”

Potter’s mom was indeed surprised but delighted by the coaches’ presence.

“My mom was really shocked,” Potter said. “She was kind of sad she didn’t get to come see them at South Pointe, so when we all came in her room she was really excited, and so were her students.”

Potter, who committed to Clemson in June, is the country’s No. 1 kicker according to the Chris Sailer Kicking rankings. He and fellow Clemson commit Derion Kendrick led South Pointe to its fourth straight state championship as seniors this season.

Swinney and Scott, who also met with Kendrick on Thursday, let the duo know they can’t wait to get them on campus full time in the near future.

“They told me and DK that they want us to bring our championship mentality in with us next year and continue to dominate,” Potter said.

Potter is pumped to officially become a Tiger when he signs with the program in less than two weeks.

“I can’t wait to get down there and officially be a part of the team,” Potter said. “I’m ready to see how the future pans out for me and the rest of the team.”



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