Austin Proehl Attracting Terps' Interest

The junior from Charlotte, NC plans on interacting with Maryland more during the spring and summer.

Austin Proehl is relatively smaller than other players in the 2014 class, but to compensate for his size, he focused on the physical aspect of his game during the off-season.

The workouts paid off, and the 5-foot-10, 165-pound prospect has seen his stock rise after an impressive season this year at Providence High School.

Maryland Assistant Coach Lee Hull has already paid a visit to Charlotte to speak to the prospect, and Proehl said that he seems interested.

“Coach Hull came and saw me at school a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “Hopefully I can get up there.”

Hull also invited Proehl to Maryland's football camp this coming summer after having watched some of his highlight tapes.

“He's seen a couple of my films and he loved them and he loved the way I play and thinks I can really have an impact on their program,” Proehl said.

The junior is very versatile on the offensive side of the ball, and featured as a wide receiver, running back, quarterback, and return specialist over the course of the season. Another attribute that stands out for Proehl is his speed, and his 40-yard dash is clocked in at 4.52 seconds.

Besides his future plans on attending the camp, Proehl has yet to visit Maryland, despite his desire to come to Byrd Stadium and see a game.

“I might go next season maybe,” he said. “It just depends on how well I do at the camp and if I go and if we keep in touch, but I'm definitely interested in going up there.”

One thing that will not change Proehl's opinion of the Terrapins is its move to the Big Ten. Though not the most well versed on the issue, he believes that the decision was generally in their interest.

I don't know if they are trying to get bigger games and play bigger teams,” Proehl said. “If that's what they want, then I guess that's what they're going to do.”

Alongside Maryland's interest, a host of other programs have taken notice of Proehl's abilities. Wake Forest, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Villanova, and Charlotte are also recruiting him. The interest each school has exhibited so far has made it hard for Proehl to favor one over the other.

“They've all shown me that they have interest in me,” he said. “Which is really a big part in the recruiting process just because it shows that they believe in me and they trust that I can make plays for the program.”

One school that may have a slight advantage at the moment is North Carolina. Proehl has already visited the school twice and had many good things to say, but maintains that he will continue to assess his options.

“I like the campus, love the program, I love Coach [Gunter] Brewer,” he said. “Whichever [school] just shows me that they like me more and that I fit in more in their offense and they want to use me is where I want to go.”

Proehl's father, Ricky, has been his mentor throughout the process. He played in the NFL for 17 years as a wide receiver. His main piece of advice for Proehl is to be patient and wait for the right school.

“We're just excited about what the future holds for us and it's going to be fun,” he said. “We feel like if we keep working hard, then this can really blow up.”

Proehl finished the season with 15 touchdowns, 504 yards receiving, 503 yards passing, and 250 yards rushing. In addition, he also scored off of an 85-yard kick return and a 65-yard punt return.

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