Indiana safety earns Irish offer

Notre Dame was the first school to offer Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern safety R.J. Potts. The Irish made their move last weekend.

To say junior safety R.J. Potts was surprised on Sunday when Notre Dame offered would be an understatement.

“I was in complete shock,” Potts said. “I was just in shock. I couldn’t believe a school like Notre Dame was my first offer. It’s crazy.”

Potts was evaluated this spring during one of his high school practices when Mike Elston visited. The Irish coach liked what he saw.

“I would give coach Elston a call every now and then,” Potts said. “I contacted him on Sunday, and that’s when he offered me. He told me that he would love to have me get up to campus for a day to watch practice and spend a day with him and the coaches. I have nationals in Florida during Irish Invasion, so I’m going to figure out another time to visit this summer.”

Potts took his first visit to Notre Dame for the Blue-Gold Game in April.

“When I went up there, everything about the coaching staff stood out,” Potts said. “I love coach Lyght. I love coach Mike (Elston). All of the coaches are great.”

Potts participated in Michigan’s satellite camp held in Indianapolis last week, and he’ll camp at Purdue on Wednesday.

“I haven’t really talked to that many schools, yet,” Potts said. “Everything is just kind of getting started. I camped with Michigan and that was a great camp. I love coach (Jim) Harbaugh. He has a lot of energy and he’s always pushing people.”

The 6-foot-2, 187-pound safety is hoping SEC programs begin to express interest.

“I would like to play in the SEC,” Potts said, when asked if location would be a factor in his recruitment process. “It’s the best conference.

“I don’t want to commit too fast and I want to really think about it first. I want a great coaching staff and a good atmosphere.”

Potts’ father, Roosevelt Potts, was a second round draft pick in the NFL as a running back out of Louisiana-Monroe. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1993 before finishing his career in Miami and Baltimore.

“I was born in Maryland, but I didn’t live there for long,” Potts said. “We moved to Indiana, so I’ve been here most of my life.”

This upcoming season will mark Potts’ first season playing on both sides of the ball. He will start for Hamilton Southeastern at safety, wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner.

“I have good closing speed, and I tackle well,” Potts said. “I know that I need to get bigger, but I’m working on that.”


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