Potter Impressed With Notre Dame

Omaha, Neb. defensive end/tight end prospect Zach Potter has enjoyed his summer. The 6-7, 230-pound Potter attended four camps over the summer, including camp at Notre Dame. What did Potter think of Notre Dame? Is he interested in the Irish? Have they offered him a scholarship? Is he nearing a decision? Irish Eyes spoke with Potter to get the latest.

The camp schedule for Omaha defensive end/tight Zach Potter was hectic. We had a difficult time reaching him all summer. But, we finally caught up with Potter to get his thoughts on his camp experiences.

"I went to the Nike Camp at Iowa," Potter said. "I also went to camp at Nebraska, Kansas State and Notre Dame. I liked all of them. I learned a lot. I also play summer basketball and just finished that so I've been really busy."

Potter has logged four offers so far in the early stages of recruiting.

"Nebraska, Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State have offer me so far," Potter said of his official offers.

The Irish have not offered Potter, but he said he really enjoyed his time spent at Notre Dame.

"They told me they would take a look at my first couple of games before offering me," Potter said of the Irish staff. "I really enjoyed it at Notre Dame. I only camped there one day, but I stayed for three. I didn't get to speak to coach Willingham. He wasn't around much.

"I did spend a lot of time with the coach that recruits Nebraska--coach McDonnell. He took me on a tour the first day. I've watched Rudy a million times and it's awesome seeing all those places come to life. He took me into the stadium and it was just me and him. We did the tunnel walk. It's an amazing feeling there. They have so much tradition."

Despite the warm feelings Potter has for Notre Dame, he did grow up a Husker fan, like most Nebraska kids.

"I grew up a Husker fan," he said. "I think most kids here are. I've always been a Husker fan. I think it's just passed down from generation to generation. It's hard not to be a Husker fan here."

Potter plays both defensive end and tight end in high school, and he says he's not sure where he'll end up in college.

"Some schools are saying tight end and some are saying defensive end," Potter said of where he'll likely play in colelge. "I don't really care. I just want to get on the field as fast as I can."

The Omaha native says he'll take his time with recruiting before making his final decision.

"I plan to have my decision by Thanksgiving," Potter said. "I'll probably take a few official visits before deciding."

Does Potter have a list of top schools at this early stage in recruiting?

"I'd say Nebraska and Kansas State because they've offered me," Potter said of his favorites. "I really like Notre Dame a lot as well. I'd say those three are my favorites--in no particular order."

Comments: The Irish could jump right in the race for Potter with an offer. As Irish fans found out last year with Cortney Grixby, it's very hard to take a Nebraska kid from Nebraska. I would say the Irish have a better chance at Potter than Grixby, however. He did seem impressed with Notre Dame. Still, it's hard to leave home when you've grown up cheering for the Huskers.


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