Poteat Names Four of his Eventual Top 10

Four-star running back Jameel Poteat of Bishop McDevitt High (Harrisburg, Pa.) holds 41 scholarship offers. He plans to trim his list to a top 10 in July, but he already knows four of the schools that will make his list. Who's on it, and what have those schools done to get there? Poteat provides those answers, and also addresses whether he is tiring of the recruiting process.

With a hearty chuckle and some weariness in his voice, four-star running back Jameel Poteat of Bishop McDevitt High (Harrisburg, Pa.) was honest about the pressure and time associated with his recruitment.

"Heck, yeah, I'm tired of it,'' he said. "It's crazy. Say you don't call a coach. Then, they wonder if you don't have interest. The biggest part is trying to stay in touch with everyone. It's crazy.''

Poteat wasn't complaining, and remains grateful for the 41 scholarship offers he possesses as one of the most recruited athletes in the region. The craziness should subside a bit in July when Poteat trims his list of schools, but long before the cut takes place Rutgers can give a sigh of relief.

Poteat's goal is to name a top 10, and he knows four programs making the cut.

"Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Notre Dame,'' he said. "When I met with the coaches, the relationship we built through those meetings and stuff, and just me calling the coaches …we have a good relationship. That's important because that's where I'm going to be the next four years.''

Three of the four coaching staffs have been recruiting Poteat for years, so the relationships with those staffs make sense.

However, Cincinnati's new staff was able to develop a strong bond with Poteat even after coach Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame, and that wasn't lost on Poteat.

"It's kind of crazy,'' Poteat said. "They didn't come late, but they came after some of the other schools. What really helped was Facebook, messaging back-and-forth. I'm a Facebook guy. We really have a good relationship and the running backs coach came in (Monday), and he's just a real cool guy. I like him a lot.''

A lot of thought and a few unofficial visits in June – Florida and Iowa are possible destinations – should help Poteat when he names a top 10. And one of the interesting things he did before the recruiting process kicked into overdrive was make a list of things he wanted in a school.

After the list was complete, he and his father put it away. They will open it when it is time to make the top 10 list in July.

"Depth chart, people,'' Poteat said in remembering a few things on the list. "When I take a visit, I want to see how the players are. That's who I'm going to have live with and that's who I'm going to have to be with 90, 95 percent of the time. Just see how I connect with them.''

Another thing Poteat is wondering about is how will know which school to pick. In that instance, he is getting advice from a few friends who already went through the recruiting process.

"I asked them, ‘How do you know when you're ready to commit? Because it's so crazy, how do you know?' ‘'Poteat said. "Every person told me you get this feeling, you get this crazy feeling, so I'm just waiting for that feeling. When I take my visits, that's how I'm going to narrow it down. Hopefully, it will be a little feeling I get.''

There was also a time Poteat thought he would make a decision before his senior season. Is that timetable still in play?

"I have no idea,'' he said. "As of right now, I really don't know.''

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