Every high school football player dreams of the day national signing day arrives and inking his letter-of-intent with the college of his choice.
Vero Beach, Fla., senior quarterback Carson Proctor (6-4, 212), who will visit Arkansas Tuesday through Thursday, chose not to do that and bet on himself.
“It was tough watching all my teammates do that and I am not going to lie about it,” Proctor said. “But it was not like it was the end of the world. I just feel like I can play at a higher level and I want to take this shot and not have any regrets.”
Proctor took an official visit to Buffalo in January and had offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Illinois, Tennessee-Martin, Brown and Murray State.
“It just didn’t feel right to me so I started to look into some other opportunities where I could go prove myself and then earn a scholarship,” Proctor said. “I have that confidence in myself to do that.
“Alabama and Georgia both talked to me about walking on, but I have decided that it is going to be Arkansas and they are the only school I am still taking to.”
Vero Beach head coach Lenny Jankowski and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema are friends and that helped get Proctor – who sports a 4.3 grade point average and plans to major in business - the invitation to be a preferred walk on at Arkansas.
“I knew a lot about Arkansas and have also done my research on the internet,” Proctor said. “I like the way they run their offense and I think Arkansas’ pro-style quarterback really fits me.
“I have decided that Arkansas is where I want to be. I just have to get up there on this visit and lock it down.”
Proctor was named the Florida Dairy Farmer Class 8A Player of the Year after completing 180-of-280 passes for 2,515 yards and 23 touchdowns with seven interceptions his senior season.
That included throwing for 354 yards in the first half of his team’s opening-round state playoff game.
Proctor is regarded as the nation’s 29th-best pocket passer in the 2016 class by ESPN.com.
“I think I have good arm strength and the ability to execute the offense the way a coach wants it run,” Proctor said. “I just feel like I have the size and the ability to play at that level and just need to get my foot in the door.”