Micah Potter had already been through the recruiting process and heard the sales pitches. This time, though, things felt a little bit different.

First, it was his younger brother, Noah, being recruited. And it was to play football, not basketball, at Ohio State. As he sat inside Urban Meyer’s office, though, the older Potter said he was surprised at what was happening.

“Coach Meyer, shoot, he had me ready to commit to playing football in some of the meetings I had sitting down with him and Noah and my dad,” he said last week. “The way the guy can recruit is just, he makes you want to go there. His motivation and the way he makes you feel, his charisma with people, he makes you want to play for him.

“I was ready to commit to play football. I was dumbfounded how Noah wasn’t jumping out of his seat going, ‘I’m going to be a Buckeye.'"

The pitch did eventually work, and Noah Potter committed to Ohio State’s class of 2019 on April 16. A four-star strong-side defensive end from Mentor, Ohio, the 6-5, 250-pound Potter held offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State and others.

According to his older brother, who will be a junior forward on the men’s basketball team this season, this was just another step along a progression planned long ago.

“The deal with Noah is, he’s wanted to be a Buckeye his entire life,” Micah Potter said. “Ever since he was 5 years old he had a paper up on his wall that said ‘five-star recruit, Ohio State, NFL, Hall of Fame.’ Five years old. That was his goal.”

It was almost exactly three years to the date that Micah Potter committed to the program, issuing his verbal commitment April 20, 2015. He also held offers from Iowa, Clemson, West Virginia and North Carolina State, among others. Noah Potter will be the third sibling to play Division I sports after oldest brother Caleb played basketball for West Virginia before transferring to Southern New Hampshire.

It made his recruitment different than the others.

“Once he started to get into the recruiting process and developed his ability, he started to enjoy the recruiting process and the attention from all the coaches – especially being the third born and being behind two Division-I athletes,” Micah Potter said. “He was kind of the one who was left behind in a sense, so he really enjoyed it. I was sitting in the meeting with him and coach Meyer the day he committed and the biggest thing for him was he didn’t want the pressure from everyone else. He wanted it to be his decision.”

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Plus, compared to when his older brothers went through their recruitments, Noah Potter had an increased social media medium at his disposal.

“I know it’s kind of a new thing in recruiting now, but the graphics that they put out, those were sweet,” Micah Potter said. “I put it on my Instagram; there was one they made of me and Noah. That was pretty dope. I had a commitment graphic that I put out that they sent me, which was pretty cool. I’d say the only real difference was just the graphic design stuff, because they sent him something like every other day. It was insane.”