Poteat talks about his offer from USC

Jameel Poteat from Harrisburg, Penn., is one of the elite running backs from the 2011 recruiting class, and has serious interest in USC after the Trojans offered him a scholarship on Tuesday.

Jameel Poteat from Harrisburg, Penn., is one of the elite running backs from the 2011 recruiting class, and has serious interest in USC after the Trojans offered him a scholarship on Tuesday.

"Yeah, I got an offer from USC on Tuesday and got an offer from Florida today," said Poteat. "

Potreat said he doesn't know much about USC, but he is very familiar with Lane Kiffin and his staff.

"I know a little bit about USC, and Lane Kiffin and I are cool, because he offered me as a sophomore when he was at Tennessee," said Poteat. "So, they followed up on me when they got to USC, so that was pretty good. I know they produce a lot of great players and there's a lot of great things about the program, but I've never had a chance to get out to California and get a good look at that."

His friendship with fellow Pennsylvanian LeSean McCoy could provide the Trojans a better than average shot at signing Poteat.

"Shady (LeSean McCoy) told me that you got to get a look out there," said Poteat. "He said you're going to love it out there and you need to see USC. He said it's crazy. He was about to commit to USC, but he had an ankle injury that sent him to prep school."

Most elite prospects take unofficial visits to the schools they are interested in and Poeat was asked if he would take an unofficial visit to USC before the 2010 season?

"Yeah, definitely," said Poteat when asked if he would visit USC in the spring or summer. "If I can't visit in the spring, I'll definitely come out in the summer."

It was surprising to learn that Penn State and Notre Dame hadn't offered Poteat, and he had a few comments about that.

"No, I don't yet," said Poteat. "Notre Dame was recruiting me real hard my sophomore year, but they had that coaching change and I've just started getting mail from them again. My coach sent out video to every school and USC and Florida were the first batch, but Notre Dame should get the second batch. Penn State has always been there, but they had a bad relationship with LeSean 'Shady' McCoy, who I have a close relationship with. That's what I think."

There were 20 plus scholarship offers listed in Poteat's profile page, but we assumed he had more than 20 offers.

"My dad and I will meet on Friday and see how many offers I have, but things are so crazy right now, because I've been getting offered every day since my film has been sent out," said Poteat. "I don't know when it's gonna stop, but I know I have more than 20 offers."

Normally it seems a bit early to ask a junior if he has a major in mind, but Poteat said he does.

"I'm kinda interested in a sports management major," said Poteat. "I like the sports agent major, or any major where I have my own business. I want to be an entrepreneur."

Ultimately a senior to be doesn't have any specific aspects he's looking for in the school he'll choose, but Poteat does.

"I'm just looking for a place where the people are, you can tell where the coach has a bond between the players and there's a family atmosphere," said Poteat. "That's what I'm looking for. I am interested in how the coaches bond with the players, how they talk with the players, how they respond to the players and see how that is."

Scout.com will provide updates on Poteat's recruitment throughout the process.


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