SMU has been on a roll with 2015 recruiting in the past week, and on June 4, the Mustangs got their biggest prize to date when James Proche, one of DFW's biggest stars, announced his decision to play for the Mustangs. The Prime Prep Academy wide receiver is the sixth commitment for June Jones and his staff, and the fourth that will likely see time at wide receiver.
Proche previously told PonyStampede that he planned to commit on August 29, but felt he was ready now.
"A few days ago, I was ready to make my decision, but I just didn't know where," Proched said. "But I wanted to commit somewhere, so I prayed about it, and I thought SMU was the best place I could be."
Proche said he is happy he committed now, and the fact that he knows his college plans, both academic and athletic, makes him excited.
"It's a relief; it's a big weight off my shoulders," the three-star receiver said. "I know I'm going to college for free, and a lot of people can't say that. I'm going to a prestigious program where I'll play great football and get an amazing education. I love my relationship with the coaches; I love the offense there."
"I'm going to try to get into the business school there and major in finance. That's what I want to do if football doesn't work out."
Prime Prep Academy is a small private school that was started in 2012, and Proche said he sees a lot of similarities between his high school and SMU. Prime Prep won just one game in its first season, but then vaulted to the ranks of the elite by winning a state title in its second year. Proche said he is glad he will be going to an environment similar to the one he is currently in.
"Really the biggest thing is the family environment," Proche said. "SMU's a private school, and it's so similar to my school. We have a really small school, and we're in the building stages (in football), just like SMU. They're really just getting off that Death Penalty and they're building back up now, and I want to be a part of that."
Proche is a dominant force on the field for Prime Prep, and he works to make his game similar to some of the best NFL receivers in recent memory.
"I study Reggie Wayne, Chad Johnson, those type of receivers and other 6'1" receivers."
Proche wants fans to know that he is a relaxed, approachable guy off the field, but when he steps on the field, he has a drive to be the best.
"My drive and my passion for the game," Proche said. "I really like the mental aspect of the game, attention to detail and film study. But I'm a chill, laid back guy; I laugh a lot. In the game it's serious, but fun too."
Proche doesn't expect to change his commitment. He said he is pretty firmly committed and doesn't plan to go on any more visits and plans to be on campus a lot in the coming year.
Proche's offer list included Lousiville, Wake Forest, Maryland, TCU, North Texas, Houston, Arkansas State, Colorado State and Tulsa. Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC had also shown interest in him.