NC State looks to sign at least one quarterback in every class and they fulfilled that need in a big way on Monday night when they landed a verbal commitment from Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt standout Everett Proctor.
Proctor’s path to becoming a division one college QB wasn’t an easy one. He began his high school career as a wide receiver and safety during his freshman year. As a sophomore, Proctor shared time at quarterback on the JV squad. Headed into the 2007 season, Jack Britt head coach Richard Bailey named Proctor (6-2, 200 pounds, 4.6-seconds in the 40-yard dash) the varsity starter at QB and the move paid off. He would go on to account for nearly 2,000 yards of offense and 18 touchdowns and emerge as one of North Carolina’s more sought-after prospects for the class of 2009. Bailey told Pack Pride that Proctor’s success was the result of hard work and determination.
“We made the decision to move him to quarterback as a junior and he really embraced it,” said Bailey. “In fact, he became a quarterback junkie. He did everything he could to learn the position and he’s come a long way. Mechanically, he used to throw it almost underhanded and he’s really progressed but it’s come through his own hard work and diligence. As long as I was willing to be there, he was willing to stay and throw with me and watch videos. He’s a self made guy. I’m not going to take any of the credit because he put in the time.”
After extending Proctor his first scholarship offer as an athlete, NC State was able to watch Proctor work out as a quarterback at their camp a couple of weeks ago. After evaluating all the prospects in attendance, the Wolfpack coaches made the decision to extend their QB off to Proctor. Upon returning home from a camp at Virginia Tech over the weekend, the rising senior didn’t wait long to make his college decision.
“Yeah, he called coach O’Brien and coach Bridge and committed to State,” said Bailey. “It basically came down to Georgia Tech and NC State. He was a lifelong Maryland fan but after they took three QB commitments and once he made up his mind he wanted to be a quarterback in college, it really narrowed down his choices and came down to Georgia Tech and NC State.”
Bailey said location and style of offense definitely played a factor in State’s favor.
“I think the biggest thing was being near home and the opportunity to play in a pro-style offense,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, Everett knows he’s a very good running quarterback and that’s what he’s done a lot- it’s not that he’s not capable of throwing the ball, that’s just what we do. It’s going to take him a while to learn that kind of offense but I think coach Bible was very impressed with how coachable Everett was. He was able to tell Everett things to go do and he was able to go do it in a short period of time. Coach Bible was impressed with Everett’s ability to learn things quickly because he knows Everett is not sitting under center taking five and seven step drops because that’s not what we do.”
Proctor’s recruiting was led by Wolfpack tight end’s coach Jim Bridge. Coach Bailey said Bridge and the entire coaching staff at State have been impressive from the start.
“Coach Bridge did a great job,” said Bailey. “He is a great recruiter but really, this entire staff comes across as being the type that what they say is how it’s going to be. I don’t think there’s a lot of mess with coach O’Brien. He’s a straight forward guy and he’s not going to sell you a lot of sunsets and roses, he’s going to sell you a lot of hard work and the opportunity to compete and be coached hard and he’s going to let the best ones play. Then it’s up to you what you do with the opportunity. I think coach O’Brien and coach Bridge- they’re working hard and doing the things they need to do to build relationships with the coaches in the state. Coach Bridge, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him the last year or so.”