Potter "Shocked" By Minnesota Offer

The Golden Gophers are looking to address their linebacker depth and add instant talent and experience. They have not shied away from the JUCO route and offered Orange Coast C.C. (CA.) linebacker Caleb Potter, which was an offer he didn't see coming

Minnesota is looking to sure up their depth on the linebacker front and would love to add talent and experience right away to the position as well. The Gophers might have found that match in Orange Coast C.C. (CA.) linebacker Caleb Potter, who they recently offered. He talks about the offer and how big of a surprise it was to him.

"My coach told me to come to his office after class for a phone call," Potter told GopherDigest. "I was a little shocked because they haven't really been talking to me a lot, so when they offered, it caught me off guard."

"I know a little on the program because of a former teammate there. I know they pride on tradition, which is big with me and good academics. I plan on learning more and setting up a visit for fall."

With a Golden Gopher offer now in his pocket, how interested is the JUCO linebacker in Minnesota?

"On a scale of 1-10 of how interested I am in Minnesota, I'd say I am about a 5," said Potter. "I need to learn more about the school itself and see what my family and close friends think about it."

The 6-0, 220-pound hard hitting linebacker has seen his recruitment start to take off and now holds 12 offers. Still, he is looking to make a decision fairly soon.

"My recruitment is picking up fast," said Potter. "Many schools are contacting me all at one time. I don't have a top list anymore. I will will make a new one and will a soft verbal commit after spring ball."

While some haven't seen Potter play, he breaks down his game and what he brings to the gridiron that has schools wanting his services.

"I'd say I play similar to former Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower," said Potter. "I play loose and I'm a reaction player. I am great in the run and versatile enough to cover a wide receiver or a running back in open space or man. It is a rare site if I miss a tackle at all."

Potter will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.


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