Dual-threat QB Everett Proctor from Jack Britt (Fayetteville, NC) High School landed his first scholarship offer a couple of weeks ago while attending NC State’s junior day. East Carolina quickly followed suit and since then, numerous schools have started showing increased interest.
This past week, Proctor, teammate Xavier Nixon and head coach Richard Bailey embarked on a road trip that encompassed four major schools. Proctor talked with Pack Pride about his whirlwind tour.
“We went to Tennessee, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia,” said Proctor. “Tennessee was like a country home town and I liked it. Ohio State, of course it was impressive. Pittsburgh wasn’t as good as I thought it would be but I enjoyed it. But I would have to say West Virginia was my favorite. I liked that they want me as a quarterback instead of an athlete or receiver. They compared me to the quarterback they have now, Pat White. That was just awesome. I didn’t pick up any new offers that I know of but I hope I get one from West Virginia.”
Another school that may figure into Proctor’s recruiting is Maryland. The Terps have indicated they will offer once Proctor visits and they boast the advantage of being the rising senior’s childhood favorite when he was growing up.
“I didn’t get a chance to go by Maryland but they’ve let my dad know that they’re real interested in me so hopefully I’ll get an offer from them,” he said. “I grew up a fan of Maryland. I really did. My dad being a fan of Maryland and actually having family living in Maryland, it was really brought upon me to be a fan.”
NC State had the opportunity to host Proctor a couple of weeks ago and their initial offer made a solid, first impression. That along with the work of tight end’s coach Jim Bridge has the Pack squarely in the race to land Proctor’s commitment.
“I really enjoyed junior day at State,” he said. “It was a great experience and them being my first offer, it put them high on my list. I really enjoyed State and the coaches, coach Bridge, I get letters from them almost everyday so it’s nice to have someone that is actually committed to getting me to be a part of the team.
"Coach Bridge, he’s a very humble man and I like talking to him. Every time I see him he has a big smile on his face and that’s always a good thing for me. He actually has conversation about football and how much he wants me to play for them.”
As for favorites, Proctor left little doubt that the Mountaineers set the bar with their effort. Should they decide to offer, West Virginia could prove tough to beat.
“To me, if they offer, they’re out front because I really like West Virginia and what they bring to the table- the offense they run, the coaches, the staff,” said Proctor. “The fact that they like me as a quarterback was important. I actually talked to the QB coach and he liked me and thought I was a good looking kid.”
So beyond West Virginia, who else is Proctor seriously considering?
“Of course, NC State because they offered me first. Maryland, and I really liked Ohio State, too. UNC and I believe that’s it.”
As for a timetable, Proctor says he’s in no rush and a final decision could be months away.
“I’m going to wait mine out. I want to finish my season first and not have the recruiting in my mind instead of my senior football season.”
At 6-2, 200 pounds, Proctor boasts 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash according to Jack Britt head coach Richard Bailey. As a junior playing quarterback, Proctor rushed for 1,1105 yards and 13 touchdowns and added 754 yards and an additional five scores through the air.