The Maryland staff is attempting to add more than a dozen pieces to its 2016 recruiting class, but that hasn’t stopped the Terps from dipping into next year’s crop as well. On Jan. 7, UMD assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim extended an offer to a four-star local, which the junior recruit called “a long time coming.”
“I always wondered why Maryland wasn’t offering, but I finally got it,” laughed Nathan Proctor (Lackey/Indian Head, Md.), a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder with verbals from UMD, Kentucky, Penn State, Indiana, Miami, UNC, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech and others. “But it was a big offer, and I’m real happy to have it. The new staff there, they’re handling things differently than the old staff, and I appreciate that. They’re really getting to know me and moving things along.”
Proctor said he’s had regular communication with Abdul-Rahim since the coach arrived in College Park, Md., from Alabama in early December. The Lackey product said the two talk about “everything,” and Abdul-Rahim has quickly become one of Proctor’s favorite college coaches.
“Coach Rahim, we talk about my game, he tells me things I can work on based on my film, and he always asks me how track is going and how my family is,” said Proctor, who did not know Abdul-Rahim when he was at Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) two years ago. “I really like how he breaks down my film, because that’s really helpful. He’s a really good coach, I can tell. I enjoy talking to him.
“And I actually talked to Coach [Mike] London for a little bit too. I know he was the head coach at UVA. I’m looking forward to meeting him too.”
Proctor wasn’t able to attend any Maryland games last season, but he has been in College Park several times before. Most recently, he attended a junior day last February, and plans to be back again this winter.
“I think it’s a real nice campus, the new facilities are going to be real nice, and it’s a good school,” Proctor said. “And it’s the hometown school. I like the idea of staying home. They’ve got some real good recruits coming in like Tino Ellis and Terrance Davis, and it’s a school I do like. I have to get up there soon to meet the new coaches and learn what they’re about.”
Even so, Proctor said none of his 17 offers could be considered “leaders” thus far. He said he still has to get a feel for each staff and delve deeper into each program.
So far, Proctor has visited Maryland, Penn State, North Carolina, Georgia, Temple and Va Tech. He attended games in State College, Pa., and Chapel Hill, N.C.
“I really liked every school I’ve seen, but I can’t say one stands out over another yet,” Proctor said. “I have to meet the staffs, learn more about each school and see them again before I can make a call.”
The Southern Maryland native is unsure which schools he’ll check out this winter and spring, but said “I want to see all the schools that have offered me.” He plans to take in several junior days, including one to UMD.
If all goes according to plan, Proctor said he’d like to have his college destination chose before his senior season.
“I’m going to have my recruitment finished before the school year starts next year,” Proctor said. “As long as I’m able to take enough visits, I should know where I’m going by next summer.”
Proctor is coming off a junior campaign where he recorded more than 80 tackles and six sacks. He said he runs the 40-yard dash in about 4.55 seconds.