2009 Intro: Everett Proctor

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- Living in the large shadow cast by blue chip lineman Xavier Nixon is one of the state's most versatile recruits – Everett Proctor.

"The best way to describe him is that he's an athlete," said Richard Bailey, Fayetteville (N.C.) Britt's head football coach. "He is truly an athlete – he can do anything. He punts for me, kicks for me, obviously he's our quarterback, and in the last two minutes we'll put him back at free safety on defense…

"He can run, he can jump, he plays basketball, he runs track. He could do anything – I bet he's good at ping-pong; I haven't seen him play ping-pong, but I bet he could play it."

Last fall, Proctor was named to the All-Region Team as a quarterback. On the season, he rushed for 1,057 yards and 12 touchdowns on 169 carries, and completed 77-of-160 passes (48-percent) for 754 yards, five touchdowns, with seven interceptions. He also converted 27-of-30 extra points and 2-of-3 field goals.

"Whatever it takes to win," Proctor said of his iron man usage.

According to Bailey, Proctor, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder, runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and vertically jumps 36 inches.

"His 40-yard dash time might be 4.5, legit, but his football, on-the-field [speed], he runs however fast he needs to run to do whatever it is he's doing," Bailey said. "He runs away from everybody. On our kickoff team, he kicks off so he's our safety. There were several times he ran somebody down to save a touchdown."

Given his abilities, it's no surprise that Proctor is high on North Carolina's radar.

"He's one that Butch [Davis] likes," Bailey said. "Butch likes to take high school quarterbacks and turn them into linebackers – you know take athletes that are multi-positional guys. He's one that could play two, three different places."

According to Bailey, every school that is recruiting Nixon is also recruiting Proctor. That list includes Alabama, Auburn, Colorado, Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, UNC, and Oklahoma State. However, no one has offered yet as most schools are waiting to get Proctor into camp.

"A lot of them want him to come to their one-day camp and work out with their defensive back coach or work out with their wide receiver coach," Bailey said. "It's a little bit of a gamble to offer him since he's only played quarterback that last couple of years."

Proctor is looking to attend camps at Duke, Clemson, Maryland, UNC, and NC State.

One school, though, might be willing to take the gamble.

"Maryland is on the cusp of offering," Bailey said. "He doesn't have an offer from Maryland, but it's coming. I know Coach [Danny] Pearman very well. It's pretty much just a matter of getting his film. I have a little piece of film that I sent out with Xavier tape. It was enough to see a little bit, but they want to see the rest of it."

UNC was also impressed by the limited footage on Proctor's highlight reel.

"Carolina got it a week ago," Bailey said. "Of course they called me immediately wanting Everett's dad to call Coach [Tommy] Thigpen so they could make sure he's there [at Junior Day]."

Proctor definitely was in Chapel Hill Saturday for UNC's Junior Day.

"It went pretty good," Proctor said. "I went up there [and] talked to coaches. I got a real feel for how UNC treats their students. It's like one big family up there. I really liked the atmosphere."

Most of Proctor's time was spend speaking to UNC coaches.

"They sat us down [and] had a discussion of what could come of a UNC education, where it could lead me, and how far I can go in life just by getting a degree at UNC," Proctor said. "That's really important to me."

Proctor was also given a status update on a possible UNC scholarship offer.

"They said I might get an offer as an athlete, not so much as a quarterback," Proctor said. "It doesn't matter to me - I just want to play football. I believe they talked about having an offer for me sometime this week."

Primarily, though, UNC is recruiting Proctor as a free safety.

"I know Coach Thigpen and they were comparing him to Deunta Williams," Bailey said. "[Proctor] is like [Williams] when he was in high school. He's one that's going to end up 6-2, 215 [pounds] one day and hell still be able to fly."

Proctor would rather stick to offense – perhaps wide receiver – but isn't opposed to playing defense.

"Me personally, I don't mind playing free safety," Proctor said. "That's where I started out at so it kind of comes natural to me."

With so many schools tabbed for a visit, Proctor isn't prepared to name favorites.

"I don't have any favorite schools," Proctor said. ‘They're all in the same category, right now. I'm waiting to view the rest of the schools that send me letters, send me mail, and asked me to come to camp."

Proctor is scheduled to also attend Maryland's Junior Day on March 8th and said he hopes to unofficially visit both Duke and Illinois this spring.

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