Carson Proctor Commits to Arkansas as a Preferred Walk-On

Vero Beach (Fla.) two-star quarterback Carson Proctor committed to the Razorbacks as a preferred walk-on Thursday morning.

Arkansas has added another signal-caller to its roster.

Vero Beach (Fla.) two-star quarterback Carson Proctor committed to the Razorbacks as a preferred walk-on Thursday morning. He announced the decision on Twitter.

"I'd like to thank God for this opportunity and I'm excited to say I will be playing football at the University of Arkansas!" Proctor wrote. "Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way to make this dream come true."

He made up his mind near the end of his visit to Fayetteville, which began Tuesday, and said that several things factored into his choice.

"One, it's a pro-style kind of offense and that's always been what I'm looking for," Proctor said. "Another thing, it's just a great place and I needed to check it out. That's pretty much why I wanted to come."

Despite having offers from Buffalo and Louisiana-Lafayette, as well as FCS schools Brown, Murray State, Southern Illinois and Tennessee-Martin, Proctor opted to take the walk-on route. Georgia had also talked to him about walking on.

"I did give (the schools that offered scholarships) a shot, but I kind of, in the back of my mind, always had that goal in mind," Proctor said. "I've always wanted to go big."

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema - who is friends with Proctor's high school coach Lenny Jankowski - also helped sell the idea of walking on.

Bielema touted his history of treating walk-ons no different than scholarship players and awarding walk-ons with scholarships down the road.

"He told me if I'm ever 1 or 2 on the depth chart, then I'll be able to earn a scholarship," Proctor said. "It's definitely something to work for and definitely something I'm excited about."

Proctor completed 180 of 280 passes for 2,515 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his senior season, earning Florida Dairy Farmer Class 8A Player of the Year honors.

He is the third quarterback to commit to Arkansas in the 2016 class, joining Cole Kelley from Lafayette (La.) Teurlings Catholic - the only scholarship quarterback in the class - and Jack Lindsey from Springdale - a preferred walk-on and the grandson of former Razorback Jim Lindsey.

The trio of newcomers will become a part of an already crowded quarterback room.

Austin Allen is a redshirt junior and the front runner to replace his brother, Brandon Allen. Redshirt sophomore Rafe Peavey, as well as redshirt freshmen Ty Storey and Ricky Town, will also be participating in the competition that Proctor can't wait to be a part of.

"I can't really worry about what I can't control," Proctor said, "but I'm just excited to get up there and do what I do."

Courtesy of Carson Proctor

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