POT­TER

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started play­ing base­ball,” he said. “Plain and sim­ple, this is a dream come true. It’s what I’ve al­ways wanted to do since I first picked up a base­ball and this is the day I’ve been wait­ing on. It’s just a great day.”

Pot­ter at­tended a tour­na­ment on the West Ge­or­gia cam­pus over the sum­mer and said he was im­pressed with what he saw. He later went on a visit, which he said ce­mented his de­ci­sion.

“My sum­mer ball coach, George Koontz, spoke very highly of the coaches and staff down there,” Pot­ter con­tin­ued. “They wel­comed me with open arms as soon as I got down there. They were just in­sanely nice and su­per re­spect­ful and I loved the cam­pus and Carrollton it­self. It’s just beau­ti­ful. The fa­cil­i­ties (at UWG) are nice too. I can’t com­plain about that. It’s just a great place to be.”

Pot­ter hit .291 for the Navy-and­White last sea­son with eight dou­bles and 29 RBIS. The Tro­jans went on to win the Class A Pub­lic School state cham­pi­onship, the first for the pro­gram since 1984.

“Hope­fully I can bring a lot of de­fense to the pro­gram,” Pot­ter said. “That’s my main fo­cus be­ing a catcher. The of­fense comes and goes, but de­fense is what it’s all about.”

Gordon Lee head coach Mike Dun­fee said the Wolves were get­ting a solid player and a solid per­son.

“He’s a high-char­ac­ter kid who works hard,” Dun­fee said. “He’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a great ad­di­tion. He’s a great team player and base­ball-wise, he’s got the tal­ent, the size and the strength. He’s a solid catcher and a solid hit­ter.”

Pot­ter plans to ma­jor in busi­ness man­age­ment with de­signs on tak­ing over his par­ents’ busi­ness once he grad­u­ates from col­lege.

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