Rebels trying to get in mix for 4-Star linebacker

Nathan Proctor out of Indian Head, MD., has been hearing from Ole Miss since he was offered during his junior season. But in the last month the Rebels have taken it up a notch for the nation's No. 160 rated linebacker.

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Corey Wimberley has been with the Fast Track Recruits organization in the Washington DC area for several years now. He coaches for the Westlake youth organization that goes from 5-years old through 8th grade. He has helped mentor and coach many D1 prospects through his organization which includes names like redshirt freshman Georgia defensive back Juwuan Briscoe, Houston right tackle Na'Ty Rogers, and a pair of defenders on North Carolina's squad in Malik Carney and Jeremiah Clark.

Nathan Proctor could be the best he has seen yet.

"Definitely his speed is a strength," Wimberley said. "He's just so athletic. But what separates Nathan from the rest of the pack is that he has that Dog personality on the field. Off the field he's a yes sir/no sir type kid. Very respectful and a student leader. Nathan has that Southern heart in him. He's originally from Savanna, GA., so he's got a lot of Southern traits in him. But when you get on the field that switch goes off. He just becomes an animal in a good way."


Scout's No.10 rated outside linebacker has helped Lackey to a 6-1 record. Along the way he has collected 48 tackles, nine for a loss, five sacks, seven qb hurries, and forced three fumbles. During his three year high school career for the Chargers he has totaled 178 tackles, 48 tackles for a loss, 16 sacks and 36 quarterback hurries. It's obvious he is a very explosive playmaker.

"He ran a 4.6 forty by laser at the Nike combine during his sophomore season. Nathan was just a little kid at that time. He's a 4.5 guy now that, but his first step is what makes him so special. Nathan is just so explosive off of the ball. That's evident every time you watch him play."

Ole Miss offered Nathan earlier in the recruiting process but it looks like Proctor has become a target.

"They have stayed in consistent contact with him and never wavered throughout his recruitment, but these last few weeks they have really increased their interest. Coach (Hugh) Freeze started following Nathan (on twitter), and he's been talking to Nathan a lot lately. He's had a relationship with their coaches for a while now, but coach Freeze has gotten really involved in the last month or so. It's always a good thing when the head coach starts recruiting a player. You kind of know where you stand when that starts happening. It shows Nathan that they are really serious about him. It's genuine interest, and I think it's caught Nathan's attention."

Proctor has never visited the Ole Miss campus but has been keeping up with them for a while now.

"It really started back when they signed Laremy Tunsil and Robert Nkemdiche and those guys. Who doesn't know about Ole Miss football now? They put Ole Miss on the national stage. Ole Miss has become a national brand now because of those guys. We saw them beat Alabama, and we keep up with the SEC network around here. He likes their style of play. They like to pin their ears back and get after you. The atmosphere around their game day is awesome. We saw game day when they had it down there. All of the Hotty Toddy and tail gaiting they have down there. It's just very impressive. We have been discussing on getting down there to check it out, but right now his priority is on his team. He's a team first guy. A very humble kid. We have not visited any school this fall so he can focus on his team. We'll start that process when the season is over. We have plenty of time for the visits after the playoffs are over."

Who are the main schools coming after him right now?

"I would say Virginia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, Ole Miss, and UCLA but really there are a bunch of schools on him heavy right now. It's still wide open. He's just trying to win a state championship for his team right now and then he'll start to narrow it down."

When it does come down to decision time what will be the main factors?

"He wants to go to a family atmosphere that provides a great education. Football related he'll look at his relationship with the coaches. That plays a big role in his decision. Distance will not be a factor. That's definitely not a factor."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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