2002 Verbal Commitment: QB Will Proctor

There is no question that Tommy Bowden has brought sort of a swagger back to the Clemson football program. No where is that more evident then on the recruiting trails. One of the latest commitments is QB Will Proctor of Winter Park, FL. Will gave his verbal commitment to the Tigers last month after attending Clemson Football Camp.

So far, the Tigers have received 9 verbal commitments this year for NEXT year's recruiting class. One of the more impressive student-athletes included in that class, is QB Will Proctor of Trinity Prep in Winter Park, FL.

Proctor (6-3, 190, 4.68) attended the Tigers Football Camp last month and was so impressed by the coaching staff, that he committed to the Tigers almost on the spot.

Proctor originally planned on attending camps at LSU, Florida, Notre Dame, and North Carolina, but he has cancelled all of those trips after committing to Clemson.

Will Proctor is the typical drop back passer. He has the ability to throw the fade route as well as the 10-15 yard out patterns that require some zip on the ball, but don't think he can't be deceptive with this feet. Last season he passed for over 1,400 yards and also rushed for 1,100. With 4.68 speed and a 6-3 frame, he has the ability to elude defenders and spot receivers down field.

Last season, he accounted for 29 touchdowns and led his team to the playoffs with an 8-2 record.

Just as impressive off the field, he has a 3.0 GPA and an 1140 on his SATs. He also averages 13 points and 7 rebounds a game for the Trinity basketball team.

Proctor was considered a strong prospect before entering the Clemson Football camp, but playing for a 2-A school in the state of Florida limited his visibility. That should not be a problem anymore, as the coaching staff considered Proctor one of the "stars" of camp. His leadership skills and the smoothness of his delivery were confirmed when the Tigers offered him a scholarship.

There is no question that Proctor seems to have the "total package." He has a strong arm, enough mobility to keep the defense honest, and seems to make good decisions throwing the football. What excites me most about him, is he is the classic drop back passer and he can spread the ball around to all parts of the field.

Put him in the lineup with any of our wide receivers and he instantly becomes a lethal weapon. With teams focusing more on stopping the running game of the Tigers, especially from the quarterback position, it will be very important for Clemson quarterbacks to be able to consistently throw the ball downfield with accuracy. A 15 yard out or crossing pattern is absolutely critical in that kind of offensive scheme. Will Proctor can do both of these things, AND throw the long ball.

With that kind of ability, I have no doubt that he will fit very nicely into Tommy Bowden's system and the Clemson football program.

Special thanks to recruiting expert Max Emfinger and his contributions to this report. You can read more about Will Proctor in Max's report.

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