CLIFTON, Va. – One of the premier class of 2017 recruits who participated in The Opening D.C. April 19 was Lackey (Indian Head, Md.) outside linebacker Nathan Proctor, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder with nine offers to his name. The Lackey product figures to see his recruitment pick up exponentially during the current evaluation period and into the summer months, establishing himself as one of the most highly sought after sophomore prospects in Maryland.
Proctor certainly acquitted himself well at The Opening, saying he performed up to expectations in both drills and testing. He said he enjoyed competing against some other top recruits, winning his share of battles.
“The event was real good; it was great competition out here,” said Proctor, who claims verbals from Georgia, Miami, Buffalo, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Toledo, Temple and ODU. “But right now, with my recruiting, I’m just taking it all in and enjoying it. It’s an honor to have so many offers and only be a sophomore. But I’ve worked hard for it. I play with a high motor, I go 110 percent all the time and I keep going until I can’t anymore. And I’m going to continue working too; there’s still a lot I have to prove.”
Proctor has not heard from Maryland yet, but believes area recruiter Mike Locksley will be through his school this month. He said it would be “great” to get a look from the hometown school.
“I think it would be great if Maryland got involved in this recruiting process,” Proctor said. “I think it’s a good school, it’s a good education and they’re building a good football program. I watched them play a couple times and I like their defense.
“I was up there for the junior day in February too, and that was fun. The new facilities look really nice and it’s a nice campus.”
The Southern Maryland recruit isn’t sure what to think of the DMV-to-UMD movement, however. He mentioned how it’s a good concept in theory, but there are many area prospects who aren’t completely sold on it yet.
“I think it’s good if hometown guys stay home, and I know Maryland already has a few great players from around here [committed],” Proctor said. “But the vibe hasn’t really changed too much [around Maryland] from my standpoint. A lot of people [recruits] I know are focused on why they don’t have an offer from Maryland instead of asking, What do I have to do to get the offer? And some other guys I know want to kind of get away from home. So I think it comes down to what each guy wants to do personally.”
Other than UMD, Proctor has visited Rutgers and Georgia, calling both “really nice.” He said the Bulldogs’ facilities and staff stood out the point where Georgia can be considered an early leader for him.
“Georgia is standing out right now; they were one of my dream offers,” Proctor said. “I’m also trying to get Alabama, Florida State and Auburn. Those are three more offers I’d love to have.”
Proctor doesn’t have any visits coming up, but plans to hit the road in earnest this summer. Look for him to trip to campuses throughout SEC, ACC and Big Ten country.
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