Poteat Closer To Top Ten

Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt running back Jameel Poteat has no shortage of offers--41 to be exact. That number may grow by a few as the summer goes on, and into the fall.

What is also expected to grow, is Poteat's top ten schools. Last month, he named Pitt, Rutgers, Cincinnati and Notre Dame as four schools that will be in his top ten. Today, he expands on his favorites a little more.

"It's Pitt, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Iowa, UConn, Illinois, Cincinnati, Florida, USC," Jameel Poteat listed. "I don't know about (visiting) USC or Florida. Maybe an official for everybody else."

Notre Dame, Poteat says, is the most recent school to offer. Pittsburgh is one of those schools that will get an unofficial visit later this summer. Though he's been there a few times, he has a different perspective set up for what he wants out of the next one. He was at Cincinnati last week for an unofficial visit, and also was at Rutgers recently.

"Pittsburgh, I'm going up there in two weeks," Poteat said. "I've kind of been up there a lot. I know what everything is like. I want to get out to see the campus with my family."

Poteat also has a former teammate that is in summer session already, taking classes and preparing for his freshman season. His early college experience might offer Poteat some additional insight.

"(Pitt freshman receiver) Salath (Williams) is there now," Poteat said. "I have somebody out there. I'll get up there and hang out with him, and see how everything is, without rushing it."

Poteat's Bishop McDevitt team will open the 2010 season in the first weekend of September against Monroeville (PA) Gateway, in a rare regular season matchup between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh area schools. Interestingly, Poteat is looking forward to the game. He and his teammates, as the result of camps, combines, social networking sites like Facebook, as well as sites like Scout.com, are familiar with the Gateway players. With all the attention that has been geared his way, Poteat said it's nice to relate to players such as Gateway's Dondi Kirby, who is also one of the states heavily recruited athletes.

"I told Dondi he's not coming to my house and beating me," Poteat said with a laugh. "I can't wait. We're real good friends. We all know each other.

"Really, the top dudes in the state, it's crazy we all know each other. We call, and have conversations about (the recruiting process). My main friend is (Pottsgrove CB) Terrell Chestnut. We talk a lot about going to the same schools, and building relationships. Dondi, that's my guy. I can't wait. We've been talking about this game every since the schedule came out."

Though Poteat is a running back, and Kirby a receiver and a corner, Poteat was asked about the possibility of lining up and matching up against Kirby during the game.

"Yes, indeed," Poteat answered. "It's going to be crazy."

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