UNC had been recruiting Proehl for much of his recruitment but it wasn't until his showing at Fedora's Freak Show that he shot up the Tar Heels' recruiting board. At that elite camp, Proehl registered a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and broad jumped 9-foot-8. However, it was his performance during one-on-ones, where he was virtually uncoverable, that he made his biggest impression.
"This is something that we've been talking about for a while since the Freak Show," Proehl said after receiving the offer on Sunday. "Coach [Gunter] Brewer has said that it was all about numbers. They wanted to make sure they had enough numbers to make it happen… I kind of saw it coming, but I never expected it just because I knew it would be hard for them to work the numbers out."
A little over a week ago, Proehl's teammate Bentley Spain verbally committed to UNC.
"I've been talking to him about the Tar Heels for a while," Proehl said. "We've had a lot of conversations about Carolina and what we thought about it. And it's a great school.
"It helps knowing one of my high school teammates is going to Carolina. He picked Carolina out of all the offers that he had – Stanford, LSU. So obviously there's something special about the place."
Proehl's connections with UNC don't stop there. His father, Ricky, played wide receiver at Wake Forest with UNC assistant coach Brewer, who recruits the Charlotte area for UNC.
"It's definitely one of those things that will be cool, because my relationship with Coach Brewer is very strong," Proehl said. "I've known him for a while. We keep in touch a lot, just because I get knowledge from him on a weekly basis. He's kept me in the loop this whole time.
"I know that he wants me a part of their program and I trust him. And I know they want to win championships and that's really important to me, also."
After his collegiate career, Proehl's father played 17 seasons in the NFL playing in four Super Bowls and winning two. He's currently the wide receivers coach for the Carolina Panthers.
UNC projects Proehl to play A-back in its one-back, no-huddle offense.
Proehl played a similar role for Providence. He ended his junior campaign with All-Southwestern Conference honors after accumulating 504 yards receiving, 189 yards rushing, and 15 total touchdowns. He also scored a touchdown on a 65-yard punt return and 85-yard kickoff return.