Dallas (TX) Prime Prep 3-star receiver James Proche was jumped on early by SMU with Jason Phillips offering him first and that meant a lot, but now things have changed with the local talent's recruitment heating up.>
"SMU is was my first offer, so they'll always be in it. Coach (June) Jones and Coach (Jason) Phillips will always be close to me because they were the first coaches to take a chance on me," Proche said. "That means a lot to me, so I'm still considering SMU."
Even though Proche hasn't been hearing from SMU and Phillips lately, the 6-0, 180-pound receiver has been talking with one of his close friends.
"I haven't been talking to Coach Phillips lately. I haven't heard from him in a while," Proche said. "But I've been talking to Deion Sanders Jr. about SMU and how he likes it. He said that I would be a pretty good fit out there."
Proche's recruitment has been heating up and earlier in April he almost committed to TCU, but now will take the summer to decide and will commit on Aug. 29.
Proche likes the entire coaching staff at TCU and has a great relationship there, but felt it was best to hold off especially with other offers coming his way.
"Recruiting is picking up, I got offered by Houston last week so I'm really looking forward to my recruiting to start rolling now," Proche told HornedFrogBlitz.com. "Baylor, Texas Tech, LSU have shown interest. Alabama said they're coming out for spring practices."
Like any of the top talents in the area, Proche has been focused on developing his skills during the spring and that means working with a speed coach.
" I'm training with Coach (David) Robinson (former Oklahoma wide receiver), who trains some of the tope receivers in the country like DaMarkus Lodge and Jarrison Stewart," Proche said. "I know by working with him, I'll be at the top of my games at all times."
Stewart and Lodge also hold SMU offers and Robinson's crew is some of the top talent in the Dallas area.
Proche has seen his Prime Prep team go from an after thought, winning just a game two seasons ago to Texas Christian Athletic League state champions this past season, but Proche wants to build off that even more.
"Winning a state title was amazing. We only played five games the year before and won one of them," Proche said. "Going back and winning a state title this past year was pretty great. Now this year, I expect nothing less than a state title."