Becker WR Shane Potter Commits to Minnesota

Shane Potter, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior wide receiver from Becker (MN) High, has committed to Minnesota, according to sources close to his recruitment. Potter helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class AAA title with a 28-0 win over Albany in the Prep Bowl, giving Dwight Lundeen, in his 37th year as Becker head coach, his first state title after four previous second-place finishes. Becker finish 14-0. Potter is considered one of the top juniors in the state.

Shane Potter was named first-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Kare-11 and All-State by the Associated Press after he caught 52 passes for 918 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns this season. He was held somewhat in check in the championship game as he caught just two passes for 15 yards. However, he did score on a six-yard touchdown and had six solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery and a pass break up. Potter finished the season with over 200 rushing yards.

Potter had caught seven passes for 147 yards with one touchdown to lead the Bulldogs to a 21-3 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake in the semifinals of the Class AAA football tournament.

Potter has been plagued by injuries in Becker's tournament runs the past two seasons. He was injured in a 10-6 loss to Glencoe in the 2003 semifinals. He fractured his ankle in three places in Becker's semifinal victory last year, then tried to play in the final against East Grand Forks, but had to leave after one series of a 31-14 loss.

Potter had previously told GoldenSports.Net that he was hearing from Big Ten schools such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio State, along with Georgia Tech and Louisville. He attended Minnesota's camp last summer.

Potter also play basketball for the Bulldogs, but his season was cut short due to a knee injury. Head basketball coach Regan Anderson told GoldenSports.Net that Potter decided to cut short his junior season on the hardwood short.

"He hurt his knee. He had a small tear in the PCL. He did not have to have surgery. With rest, it should be fully healed."

Becker is currently 14-12 and will face Sartell in the playoffs on Thursday. They finished 15-12 last season. Potter has run track in the past, but is leaning towards playing baseball this spring.

Potter runs a 4.6 40-yard dash and bench presses 225 pounds. He comes from a football family. Oldest brother Kyle played at Fergus Falls Community College and Derek, who played last year for Becker, redshirted at Division II St. Cloud State at linebacker. Derek was an All-State selection as a junior and had gotten some early Minnesota interest.

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