Irish were first with four-star

Notre Dame was the first school to offer in-state safety R.J. Potts. The four-star is taking his recruitment in stride, which now includes more than the Irish.

Indiana’s top junior is a national prospect in quarterback Hunter Johnson.

Next in line is four-star safety R.J. Potts from Fishers, Ind., where he also plays wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner for the Tigers. Notre Dame has offered the 6-foot-3, 188-pound athlete from the north side of Indianapolis too.

“We lost a couple of good seniors, so we are rebuilding on defense,” Potts said. “I hope we can still play well and I know I have to step up. Safety is all about reading the plays and reading the keys, and I think I’m really good at that. Wide receiver is something new this year, but catching the ball comes pretty easily. They’re lining me up as the X.”

Notre Dame offered Potts in June, becoming the first program to move on the rangy defensive back. Indiana has since followed.

“I camped with Michigan and Purdue this summer and visited Indiana with my team,” Potts said. “I talked on the phone with a coach from Tennessee but that’s about it.”

Potts took his first visit to Notre Dame in the spring. He plans to return for a game this fall.  

“I’ll definitely make it up to a Notre Dame game this season,” Potts said. “They’re for sure D-1. I know they’re a great school because even without football, you’ll come out with a great job.”

Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Mike Elston is recruiting Potts for the Irish.

“I talked to (Notre Dame) a lot, but I haven’t called them in a while because we just got done with two-a-days,” Potts said. “(Elston) is a great guy and is easy to relate to.

“He told me I was one of the best safeties he’s ever seen. That’s a really big compliment.”

Potts, who is a LSU fan, hopes to receive interest from SEC programs this fall.

“That’s just what I like down there,” Potts said of the South. “I have visited Baton Rouge and New Orleans before. “Watching the SEC on TV, everybody is just fast and it’s real football.”

Potts is the son of Roosevelt Potts, a second round 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.

“He’s helping me,” Potts said. “He tells me to keep focus and take care of business and not to commit too fast.”

Potts is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 1 safety in the Midwest in the Class of 2017 and No. 21 safety overall. Top Stories