Charlotte-based kicking coach Dan Orner said last week that the state of South Carolina has five or six high school football kickers that should receive full rides this coming season to kick in college.
Orner didn’t mention anybody specifically by name but South Pointe’s B.T. Potter is undoubtedly in that group. The live-legged rising senior tweeted Wednesday that he was offered by Clemson.
Potter, who has also been offered by Mercer and Army, played a considerable role in South Pointe’s run to a third straight state championship last fall, whether he was hitting school-record field goals, pinning opposing teams near their end zone or bashing kickoffs into the parking lot.
He hit 12 of 19 field goals, nailing a 49-yarder against Mallard Creek, and put 95 of 105 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. He also averaged 39 yards per punt, with 21 downed inside the 20-yard line.
Another local kicker, Nation Ford’s Skyler DeLong, committed to Tennessee last week and was also offered a scholarship by Alabama over the weekend. Both DeLong and Potter are nationally-ranked, with Potter listed as the ninth-best kicker and 13th-best punter in the nation by Chris Sailer Kicking, and sixth-best kicker by Kohl’s Kicking.
Sailer’s evaluation said Potter “does his best under pressure,” while the Kohl’s evaluation said the ball jumps off Potter’s foot “in a way that many nationally cannot compete.”