The name Procter & Gamble is known all over the world as a manufacturer of consumer goods. When you head to Owasso (Okla.) High, the names right now are Proctor & Jones.
That’s Josh Proctor and Wayne Jones, who could arguably be the state’s best two safeties for the Class of 2018 and play right beside each other.
It was Proctor who got the ball rolling first as his initial offer was a wakeup call to those hadn’t heard of him before when Oklahoma came into the mix in November.
Since then, other notable Power 5 conference schools have reached out, and it’s apparent this is just the start for Proctor.
“It was crazy,” said Proctor about the OU offer. “It was just in the middle of the day, wasn’t expecting it at all. Ever since, there have been so many more schools because it’s like they want to see who this kid is, I guess.”
Who this kid is gets complicated. Because even though he seems like a clear four-star prospect for the 2018 class, football isn’t his lone calling. For years, Proctor has been juggling playing football and basketball and that’s not stopping anytime soon.
Proctor said back in November he had no idea if he wanted to play football or basketball at the next level. Now entering June and absolutely nothing has changed.
“Not yet,” Proctor said. “I’m still thinking about that one.”
That’s the trend right now for Proctor, thinking about things. His summer basketball circuit has begun, but he’s busy with spring football. A potential trip to OU’s camp in the next week could be in the cards, but he also mentioned Ohio State as a possible visit June 11.
Proctor said his relationship keeps developing between him and OU defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks, and he has seen a noticeable difference in his game since the end of last season.
“I’m a lot more physical now,” Proctor said. “I’ve been getting in the weight room, and I’m 190 (pounds) now. It’s tough to put on weight with playing football and basketball, but I’m feeling good.”
And he’s not the only defensive back prospect feeling good. Also a safety, Wayne Jones doesn’t have to stress out about his first offer nor does he have to worry about his initial Power 5 conference offer.
Both of those are in the books with Illinois coming into picture.
“It was a blessing,” Jones said. “Getting an offer as a sophomore is really big because I think there’s only like eight of us that have them. I know it means a lot.”
Jones won’t have to go through this recruiting process alone with Proctor right there with him. He said it should make the next couple of years even more fun.
The fun is only starting for Jones and the Sooners have taken an increased interest. Jones said he was at OU last year for the Sooners wins against West Virginia and TCU and then returned to Norman for the spring game.
The plan is to head back to OU once again for the camp coming up in the next week to keep building the bond with Cooks and the staff.
“It’s OK,” said Jones about his relationship. “It’s getting better and better. I’m going to work out with Coach Cooks in June, and I’m definitely excited about where things are going.”