CLIFTON, Va. --- While many prospects have a firm grasp of their recruitment (i.e. are either committed or possess a solid list of favorite schools), four-star linebacker Nathan Proctor is just getting started.
Approximately 30 schools have offered Proctor, a 6-foot-3, 209-pounder from Indian Head (Md.) Lackey. And according to Proctor, each opportunity remains in play.
Proctor’s stance is not for a lack of visits. Georgia, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, and Virginia Tech have been among his travels.
“I want to take my time with it all,” Proctor said. “I want to visit everybody that has interest and has offered.”
That philosophy has led Proctor to take two visits to UNC.
“It’s a good program that’s high on education,” Proctor said. “I don’t really have a list of where they’re at. They’re the same as everybody right now.”
Proctor’s introductory trip was UNC’s victory over Miami, which etched a highlight within his mind.
“I thought that it was a good experience,” Proctor said. “I actually got to see North Carolina in person and I really thought that they had a dominant game on offense and defense. And I was really impressed with the linebacker work – especially No. 10 [Jeff Schoettmer], his interception, even though [the return] looked funny.”
Earlier this month, Proctor returned to Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels’ final junior day. The trip proved to be a much more informative experience than his first visit. In addition to tours and presentations, he spent ample time with UNC’s staff.
“I saw how passionate the coaching staff is about the kids that they have and the kids that they’re recruiting and they’re signing,” Proctor said. “They really took time to learn everything about them; like, they know their tendencies on the field and everything.”
In particular, Proctor spent a lot of time with John Papuchis, who doubles as Proctor’s area recruiter and potential position coach.
“We talked about their linebackers,” Proctor said. “I was able to sit down in their linebacker meeting before [the scrimmage] kicked off and he was going over the schemes and stuff, so he broke down what I would do in each situation.”
Papuchis sees Proctor playing outside linebacker within UNC’s 4-3 scheme. For Lackey, Proctor floats between defensive end and linebacker.
Throughout his stay that day, Proctor saw three sides of Papuchis: the coach, the teacher, and the person. Proctor observed Papuchis instructing in the linebacker meeting room, coaching during that day’s scrimmage, and then interacted with him throughout the junior day activities.
“He’s a real good coach,” Proctor said. “He keeps it real with his players. He seems like he really had the best interest at heart for his kids.”
Additionally, Proctor met briefly with Larry Fedora where he learned about his background.
Proctor is unsure if or when he’ll return to UNC. That will be determined when he sits down with his parents and devises a summer travel schedule.
As par for the course, Proctor will take his official visits after the football season and then decide on National Signing Day. He doesn’t plan on announcing a favorites list at any point of his recruitment.