Dakota State University head football coach Josh Anderson announced the signing of Cole Potter to join the Trojan football team this fall. Potter will graduate from Howard High School this spring.
Potter had a stellar football career at Howard High School. He was one of the integral members of the Tigers' football team, under the guidance of DSU alum Pat Ruml, which advanced to the State 9AA Football Championship game in November.
At 6-1 and 190 pounds, Potter played middle linebacker and running back for the Tigers. He was selected as an All-State linebacker in 2012. He was named to the Big East and Corn Belt All-Conference teams twice (2011 and '12).
In 2012, Potter rushed 70 times for 979 yards with 16 touchdowns. He averaged 14 yards per carry. As a linebacker, he had 67 tackles, four quarterback sacks and recovered two fumbles.
Potter amassed a total of 145 carries for 1,744 yards during his high school career. He recorded 23 touchdowns and averaged 10.2 yards per carry. On defense, Potter accumulated a total of 220 tackles, eight quarterback sacks, one interception and six fumble recoveries.
"Cole is a multi-sport athlete who plays basketball but also excels in rodeo," said Anderson. "He is a tough kid from a well-rounded family, I look at Cole to make a big impact on our defense. We are very excited to get such a great young man and an exceptional football player in our program."
Potter is the son of Mark and Donita Potter of Winfred. He is undecided in a major but leans toward a business degree.