FREE: Proche transfers to DeSoto HS

Patrick talked with SMU commit James Proche about his decision to transfer from Prime Prep to DeSoto High School.

James Proche announced his decision to transfer from Prime Prep Academy in early July, and today the SMU commit and three-star wide receiver said he is transferring to DeSoto (Tex.) High School.

While Proche did not announce his transfer for three weeks, he said knew all along that he would be going to DeSoto.

“I live in DeSoto, and my freshman year, I was originally supposed to go to DeSoto,” Proche said. “I was born in DeSoto and I played Little League in DeSoto, so it kind of felt right.”

When Proche said he would transfer, there was some concern whether his courses from Prime Prep would transfer to a public school (which DeSoto is), which would have made him ineligible to play his last year of high school football. But Proche said he will play this year and is awaiting clearance by the UIL, which he says will not be a problem.

“I finished a lot of classes early freshman year and did a lot of online stuff,” Proche said. “Prime Prep is staying open and is set to be cleared, so as far as credits transferring, I will be playing.”

Proche said he has been working out at DeSoto for the last three weeks, and is starting practice on August 11.

Had the Prime Prep courses not transferred, he may have had a difficult time being cleared by the NCAA. But the courses Proche finished early, and the ones he will take this year, likely ensure that he will be able to play at SMU without any difficulties. Proche was planning to enroll at SMU in January, but will not be able to anymore.

“I was not able to finish my summer school classes due to the [Prime Prep] news, so I’m going to stick it out because it’s my senior year,” he said. “I’m taking classes online that are [approved] by the NCAA.”

While Proche will not enroll early, a full senior year should solidify his ability to be cleared by the NCAA.

Proche’s move to DeSoto could also help SMU in recruiting. One of his good friends is Tristen Wallace, who is DeSoto’s quarterback and has an SMU offer. Proche said that he will sell SMU to Wallace and let him know that he could be great at SMU.

“Most definitely,” Proche said about talking to Wallace. “Anyone who has talent, I’m going to tell them about SMU. I’m going to try and get all the receivers to commit to SMU.”

Proche committed to SMU on June 4. He is a three-star receiver and the 48th-best receiver in the country, according to Scout. He chose SMU over TCU, Louisville, Houston, Maryland, Wake Forest, and Tulsa, among others.

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