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Sooner Intel: Josh Proctor returning to OU

Intel returns with an update on Scout 100 safety Josh Proctor.

There have been a lot of top names visiting Oklahoma the last couple of months. Between junior day visits and unofficial trips, the Sooners have seen the best of the best in the 2018 and 2019 classes.

One noticeable name missing, though, was Owasso (Okla.) High safety Josh Proctor. That seemed odd because Proctor’s first offer came from OU defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks back in November 2015, and OU has felt like the favorite for Proctor for a long time.

Cause for concern? Debatable, but don’t read anything into Proctor not being back in Norman as he concentrated on basketball.

“My recruitment has been crazy,” he said. “Coaches popping up everywhere. It means a lot to me since I didn’t play a lot last season. They see something they know they can work with.”

Proctor arrived at The Opening regional two weeks ago donning an Ohio State warmup jacket, and the Buckeyes are no doubt a player to watch in this recruitment.

Just don’t forget about the Sooners. Proctor sure hasn’t, and it’s obvious with basketball being wrapped up, he’s ready to tackle football recruiting once again.

“Me and Coach Cooks are very close,” Proctor said. “We talk every day, and most of the time it’s not about football. It’s about life and things like that. I plan on going to OU a couple of times here in the spring.”

Proctor mentioned he might visit Ohio State and is also looking at potential trips to LSU or Florida as the Scout 100 safety continues to see interest from schools across the nation.

As for a decision, Proctor is one of the few recruits to admit something was in the works and now he’s not sure. He had a decision date in his head, but he wouldn’t give any details as to that date and as to whether he’ll stand by it.

No matter what there’s no question the Sooners are going to be there until the end with the work Cooks has done since Proctor was a sophomore.

“I’m looking for that right place for me to fit in,” Proctor said. “I want to build that relationship with the coaches.”

It’s a new day at Owasso as well as former Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship is taking over and inherits a team with a lot of talent like Wayne Jones and Courtre Alexander but not a lot of success.

A healthy Proctor can change that and the two-sport star who excelled in basketball this year is anxious to return to the gridiron.

“It was very disappointing last year,” Proctor said. “I came in those first three games and thought everything was going well. I got injured, everything changed. But now everybody is excited again. I got a clean bill of health. I’m ready.”

Coincidence or not, Proctor was one of a few Oklahoma high school prospects to be in the background two weeks ago when Tulsa Union safety Patrick Fields announced his commitment to the Sooners.

Fields was quick to say one of his top priorities is 100 percent making sure Proctor comes to Norman with him.

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