James Proche Signing Day Profile

Patrick breaks down DeSoto WR & SMU signee James Proche!

Video Breakdown: James Proche

POSITION RANKING: Proche is a three-star prospect who is Scout’s 80th-ranked wide receiver and 17th–ranked receiver in Texas
SENIOR YEAR STATS: 16 receptions, 316 yards (19.8 avg.), one touchdown; 12 punt returns, 198 yards (16.5 avg.), one touchdown in seven games played. (Missed handful of games early in the season due to a medical condition).
COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: TCU, Louisville, Wake Forest, Maryland, Houston, Tulsa.
SIDE NOTE: Proche’s lifelong dream is to be able to play the piano fluently.

AUDIBLE: “It’s a blessing to sign with SMU. God has given me an amazing opportunity that a lot of people around the country don’t get to have. I’m blessed to have my college paid for.”


How Proche fits

The 6-foot, 180-pound Proche will see most of his time in the slot, where he will use his quick first step and fluid rout-running skills to separate. He can run any slot or seam route and will not be confined to short slot routes.

What Proche brings

Proche brings a skill set that will make him a productive and reliable target for SMU. He also brings outstanding punt return skills, and he shows great vision and running ability on returns. Most of all, Proche is a leader who’s already made big contributions to SMU by helping recruit other to the Hilltop. He’s mature beyond his years and is the leader SMU needed in Chad Morris’ first class.

What to Expect Freshman Year

With SMU’s five receiver class, it’s hard to predict who will see the most snaps right now. But Proche will compete for snaps right away, and he should carve out a role in the offense right away. He will also be in the mix for punt return duties.

Career Expectations for Proche

Proche will develop into a dependable target from the slot who will put up big numbers, especially after the catch. Chad Morris’ offense and his athletic skill set give him the potential to put up all-conference numbers. The biggest thing preventing that is SMU spreading the ball around too much.


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