Ohio State Buckeyes DL Noah Potter Joins NCAA Portal
April 24, 2022
Noah Potter, a 4-star Ohio State football defensive lineman in the 2019 recruiting class, has decided to join the NCAA transfer portal. Buckeye spring practice had ended, and the announcement was coming a week after that.
Noah Potter, Micah Potter's younger brother, played for the Buckeyes for three seasons but saw limited playing time. During his three seasons in the state, the defensive lineman appeared in only seven games.
In 2019, Potter appeared in three games as a true freshman and four games in 2020 as a sophomore. The Buckeyes won a B1G championship in both seasons and made it to the College Football Playoff. Potter only appeared in one game of all season last year, and Ohio State finished with an 11-2 record.
As a result of foot surgery, Potter could not play in the first four games of the last Spring season. A detached retina developed as he was nearing a return to the field, necessitating surgery and almost resulting in vision loss in his right eye.
While he was expected to remain on the bench for another season, Potter's flexibility allowed him to play inside and outside. During the Spring Game, he recorded 2 sacks and 5.5 tackles.
Joining the portal, Potter will have at least two seasons of eligibility remaining to make a difference somewhere else in the league. According to 247Sports composite rankings, Potter was ranked No. 334 nationwide as a high school recruit. One of the best strong-side defensive ends in the state, he was also ranked as one of the top 10 players in Ohio.
The battle for playing time in Ohio State's defensive line has become even more intense this spring. Under new coordinator Jim Knowles, the defensive line was looking for playmakers off the edge; thus, Mitchell Melton went from linebacker to defensive end.
Younger players such as J.T. Tuimoloau, Jack Sawyer, and Cade Curry attempt to hold off veterans such as Zach Harrison, Tyler Friday, and Javontae Jean Baptiste. A similar dynamic is playing out at tackle, with Taron Vincent and Jerron Cage representing the old guard and Tyliek Williams, Ty Hamilton, and Mike Hall going on strong.
Buckeyes mourn over Dwayne Haskins' death
When Dwayne Haskins unexpectedly passed away last week, the Ohio State Buckeyes lost an essential member of their family and community. Before being selected 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, he was a standout player for Buckeyes.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne has recorded 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdowns in his sophomore season. With the help of his teammates, he guided the squad to a Rose Bowl victory and the Big Ten Conference Championship.
To honor Haskins, the team gathered for a group prayer. CJ Stroud, Buckets quarterback also seen wearing Haskin's after a touchdown. According to Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day, the Buckeyes intend to pay tribute to Haskins in different ways.
Haskins spent the two seasons with the Washington Commanders during his professional football career, which then drafted him out from Ohio State. After Haskins passing, there was a massive outpouring of affection. He will be remembered fondly for his work in the field and his amiable personality.