Offers Will Start Coming Soon for SMCHS QB @jaxon2potter

Not that long ago, just this spring in fact, 6-foot-4-inch Jaxon Potter was the starting quarterback at JSerra HS. Fast forward a few months and the 2023 FBS prospect is the starter at Santa Margarita Catholic HS. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Fun is exactly what Potter is having as he is guiding the Eagles toward a potential CIF-SS playoff berth. What Potter doesn’t have yet that will most certainly be coming soon are FBS scholarship offers.

2021 Season

So far in eight games, Potter has thrown for 2,103 yards and 18 touchdowns. That’s an average of over 262 passing yards per game. The Eagles are 5-3 which has more to do with the caliber of their competition than anything.

Santa Margarita Catholic plays in the esteemed Trinity League, which just might be the toughest high school football league in all of the United States. Consider that the Eagles were 5-1 before their current stretch of three games – a loss to Servite, a loss to the nation’s No. 1 team Mater Dei, and a date with nationally ranked St. John Bosco on Friday, Oct. 22.

Despite the last two losses, Potter has been one of the best-kept secrets in southern California. He doesn’t get the publicity of Mater Dei’s Elijah Brown or Bosco’s Katin Houser and Pierce Clarkson, but Potter is every bit as talented. You can see it in his four-game highlight video from this season.

Old School

One of Potter’s best games of the season just happened to come against his old school, JSerra. In front of a rather feisty crowd of his former schoolmates, Potter got the Eagles on the board in what would eventually be a big SMCHS victory.

Potter added to that lead with this 10-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

When it was all said and done, it was Potter who had the last laugh. He finished the game 22-of-35 for 387 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also had the rushing touchdown giving him four for the night. In the end, Potter and Santa Margarita Catholic won 38-13, a huge win over the quarterback’s former school.

Head to Head

Los Alamitos QB Malachi Nelson is the No. 1 quarterback in the state of California in the Class of 2023. Many consider him the No. 2 QB in the country behind Arch Manning of Louisiana. Potter went head to head against Nelson and won.

Los Al jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead, but Potter and the Eagles would rally to score 42 unanswered points and win. Potter was outstanding completing 23-of-34 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns.

It was Los Alamitos’s first loss of the season. Los Al is the highest-ranked team the Eagles have beaten since 2017. You can see highlights of the Eagles big win in the video below.


The Offer Train

It’s interesting that Potter has zero scholarship offers at this point, but that is likely to change. With a full season under his belt at one of the best programs in southern California, it’s only a matter of time until Potter gets his first offer.

Potter has held his own with some of the best in the country (Nelson, for example). When colleges get a good look at this young quarterback, the first offer will come. Once it does, the offer train will start running.

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