High school: DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
James Proche had to be recruited all over again when SMU head coach Chad Morris was hired. Sure enough, the staff did just that with the SMU commit. At the time, Proche was SMU's best recruit and a key piece to the class. The staff did an in-home visit the first week on the job with the offensive staff and Proche officially visited while never decommitting. Proche committed to SMU over TCU, Maryland and Louisville, among others.
James Proche was in a way one of the underrated receivers recruited behind teammate Kevin Thomas and Xavier Castille in SMU's 2015 class, but he might end up being the best. While Proche had to redshirt last year due to his high school days at Prime Prep, he got the chance to get bigger and really improve.
Going into the spring, most sources Pony Stampede talked to were excited to see Proche, and he impressed. The rave reviews included everything from the return game to potentially starting for SMU this season. He proved his ability to make the big play. He's got to make it happen on the field now.
Expectations are high for Proche going into his redshirt freshman season. He got to watch some of his fellow freshmen make mistakes and grow last year. Now, it's Proche's turn to make some mistakes, but really he's expected to play at a high level right off the bat.
His explosiveness with the ball in his hands is special and while Chad Morris admits that he'll need some work on not tippy toeing and needs to focus on getting up field, but that'll come with experience.
If Proche doesn't get the start, I'd be moderately surprised. He earned it this fall, spring and summer with his work ethic and play. SMU fans should be ready for a pleasant surprise opposite of Courtland Sutton this year.