Ohio State 2018-2023 SAF - Josh Proctor

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    OSU's newest recruit rankings in all the services....

    Josh Proctor

    Composite- 87
    247- 26
    ESPN- 177
    Rivals- 124
    Scout- 130
     
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    OFF THE MARKET

    In a very similar fashion, Owasso, Oklahoma, four-star safety Josh Proctor committed at halftime of the Spring Game. It was something that had been in the works, however, since he first visited campus for the game against Nebraska in November.

    “I had it in my head and I thought about doing it earlier, but my dad told me to sit back and just kind of wait it out, see what you think,” Proctor told Eleven Warriors. “I just felt like that was the right time.”

    At the time of his pledge, every 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Proctor was in favor of the in-state Sooners. The general consensus was that he wouldn't go too far from home, but the Spring Game visit only solidified the decision for him and his parents.

    “My mom — I saw how she reacted to it. She really liked it, and it's hard to please her. I'm not going to lie,” Proctor said. “I'm her big baby boy. Last one in the house, so for her to actually let me do this, it's crazy.”

    Proctor developed an extremely close relationship with defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, and their bond has only grown stronger since his commitment.

    “We're super close. We talk every day,” Proctor said. “He acts like a little kid sometimes, but I actually like it. I'm real comfortable with him.”

    Naturally, there are a couple of schools still recruiting Proctor, including Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. But he remains committed with no plans to visit elsewhere.

    “[It's] not as strong as you would think,” Proctor said. "They just kind of hit me up every now and then.”

    Proctor plans to return to campus for Friday Night Lights later this month. But first, he's excited to play alongside Banks and six other Buckeye commits.

    “My whole team is basically Ohio State commits, so for us to kind of get that connection and be able to play with each other before we get to school is a big deal,” Proctor said. “We started [recruiting] as soon as we got off the plane, too."
     
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    Josh Proctor: ‘I’m 110-percent committed’

    So what about the other safety?

    Proctor’s vacillations haven’t been as publicly proclamated (I’m aware that may not be an actual word, but suck it up, Buttercup), but that doesn’t mean they’ve been absent. While at Nike’s world headquarters for The Opening Finals in early July, Proctor told Land of 10 he’s been hearing regularly from Oklahoma and that he was intending to take official visits to other schools.

    “They’re just talking about change, and a new era,” Proctor said of the Sooners. “Trying to get the guys from the state to stay home and be a part of it “I am pretty much set in stone with Ohio State, but I am planning on taking some official visits. I’ve not sat down and talked to Ohio State about it yet.”

    Now back home in Owasso, just 136 miles from the Sooners’ campus, Proctor says he’s close to bringing his recruitment to a complete halt.

    “I’m shutting down my recruitment soon,” he told Land of 1o on Tuesday. “I’m 110-percent committed to The Ohio State.”

    Making his fourth visit to campus in a year at Friday Night Lights, Proctor said the Buckeyes didn’t need to sell him on anything or present him with anything special. They just have to keep being themselves.

    “They didn’t have to do anything to impress me [on this trip],” Proctor added. “It’s just a special place and I feel that’s the best school for me.”
     
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    SHUTTING THINGS DOWN, TOO

    Just like fellow four-star safety commit Jaiden Woodbey did one day prior, Josh Proctor announced on Thursday he was shutting down his recruitment entirely.

    Not that there was any real concern of the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Proctor switching his pledge to a school like Oklahoma, but the announcement should certainly end the talk about him potentially visiting Norman this fall — Owasso, Proctor's hometown, is, after all, only 136 miles from the Sooners' campus.

    Proctor's visit for Friday Night Lights marked his first trip to campus since committing during the Spring Game in mid-April, so the timing of his announcement just seems right.
     

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