Cincinnati running back Jameel Poteat transfers to Stony Brook

Cincinnati running back Jameel Poteat runs the ball Cincinnati running back Jameel Poteat runs the ball during a game against South Florida. (Nov. 23, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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For the second straight season, Stony Brook football coach Chuck Priore has landed a major transfer running back from a Football Bowl Subdivision school. The Seawolves yesterday announced that Jameel Poteat, who has two years of eligibility, will leave Cincinnati to join SBU for summer workouts.

"Jameel is a very talented player who will have an immediate impact on our team," Priore said in a statement. "He possesses a great combination of speed and toughness and comes from a great high school in Pennsylvania."

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Poteat appeared in 21 games for the Bearcats over the past two seasons, but was used sparingly in the backfield, rushing for just 119 yards as a sophomore last season. However, he came out of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa., as a consensus four-star recruit and top-100 player, recruited by USC, Notre Dame, Florida, Pitt and West Virginia.

The 5-10, 207-pound back totaled 4,832 rushing yards in high school and 84 career touchdowns, including a senior season in which he carried for 1,724 yards and 31 TDs. Poteat becomes a top candidate to be Stony Brook's No. 2 running back behind Marcus Coker, who transferred from Iowa last season after finishing second in Big Ten rushing as a sophomore. Poteat will compete with junior transfer James Kenner and sophomore Jamie Williams for the key backup role to Coker.

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