Army lands kicking specialist

When Zach Potter finally received the offer he'd been waiting for on Sunday afternoon from Army, it only took him a few hours to call his recruiter, Tucker Waugh, back to let him know he was accepting it. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound "combo kicker" out of Terre Haute (Ind.) North Vigo High School said Army told him that he was "everything they're looking for" in a kicker.

"This summer I went to 13 college camps in eight states," Potter told "I ran into Coach Waugh at the Northwestern camp. He said was impressed what he saw out of me and liked that I was a punter and a placekicker. He liked my explosiveness in my kicks and that I could be all three with punting, placekicking, and kickoffs. We kept in contact and have been talking every week now for the past couple of months. Then on Sunday, he finally offered. He said that he talked to Coach Monken and they wanted to offer me. I asked him to give me some time to think about it, but I called him back later that day to tell him I wanted to commit.

"It didn't take me long to commit after Army extended the offer because I knew with them I'd be going one of the top places in the country for academics. You really can't get that level of education anywhere else and get to play D-1 football. It's something I've always wanted to do. I think serving my country is an awesome part of the deal. I'm excited for it. I can't wait to do it."

Potter selected Army over an offer from Eastern Michigan and interest from Illinois, MTSU, Northwestern, Purdue, Southern Illinois, Toledo, and Western Michigan.

"I feel great," Potter said on his decision to commit to Army. "I've been stressed out wondering where I was going to end up. After this weekend, it feels like a lot of the pressure is off of my shoulders. Now I can focus on our playoff run. We won our first playoff game last Friday. We're playing for the sectional championship this weekend.

"It been a good year so far. I've been hitting the ball pretty good. I've made seven out of 12 field goals. I got to attempt a 62-yard field goal and it was just a little wide to the right. I had two block and one hit the uprights so I've had some bad luck. My long this year was 47 yards, but my long as a junior was 50. Usually when we kick it deep I'm between 70 to 80 percent in getting the touchback. My punting has been strong. I'm leading the state in punting with a average of over 40 yards per punt and punts inside the 20-yard line."

Potter said he first started kicking in middle school and took over the kicking duties on varsity as a freshman. His father was a kicker/punter at Southern Illinois and Indiana State. Top Stories