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."
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.