Not too long after Trey Porter returned home from his official visit to Jacksonville this past weekend, the Potomac (Va.) senior center couldn’t ignore the urge. He knew where he wanted to play his college basketball.

Porter had actually made up his mind a week earlier during a visit to George Mason, where he realized that he didn’t need to leave his home state to continue his hoop dreams.

On Sunday, Porter committed to George Mason, giving the Patriots a 6-foot-10 post player who has quickly evolved his game during the last six months.

“I really like their coaches and can tell they will take care of me,” Porter said. “I like the thought of being close to home and getting a great education on a great campus.”

Porter also held offers from George Washington, Hofstra, Florida Gulf Coast and Old Dominion.

In three years as a varsity starter for Potomac, Porter has made his greatest impact on defense, blocking shots and pulling down rebounds. While playing on the AAU circuit with Boo Williams this past summer, Porter worked on refining an offensive game that his high school coach believes will blossom at the next level.

“The fact that he’s 6-foot-10, can run the floor extremely well, has great hands and is an outstanding rim protector, I think those are the things that really intrigued college coaches,” Potomac Coach Keith Honore said. “He’s got intangibles that you just can’t teach.”

Last season, Porter averaged 12 points, 11. 4 rebounds and four blocks to earn All-Cardinal District first-team honors. He is one of four starters returning to a team that finished 18-7 a year ago.