Virginia Tech Football Recruiting: Nathan Proctor Commits to the Hokies

Tech adds a 4-star tweener backer / defensive end to its 2017 recruiting class.

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Virginia Tech's recruiting is off to a hot start in the new year.

Nathan Proctor committed to the Hokies over Penn State and Pitt at Sunday's Under Armour All-America Game. ESPN reported Friday Proctor's decision would be final, although he plans to take official visits to the Nittany Lions and Panthers. Proctor already made an official visit to Blacksburg the weekend of December 9th.

"The whole lunchpail defense that Bud Foster has, and the unique offense that Coach Fuente's put together," Proctor said about his decision following his commitment to Tech.

The 6-3, 220 pound Lackey HS (Indian Head, MD) product is rated a 4-star recruit (outside linebacker) by the 247Sports Composite. ESPN rates him as No. 100 overall 2017 prospect (OLB), and the Four-Letter's "underclassmen eval" follows.

STRENGTHS: Tall, long kid with excellent speed. Reads quickly, has good instincts and rarely gets caught out of position. Wins on the edge with speed and balance and has the burst to close on the QB. Plays with relentless motor and looks to punish ball carriers. ... AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Will need to add bulk and functional strength. Can be run at and needs to become more stout at the point of attack. Lacks consistent hand placement and technique. ... BOTTOM LINE: Proctor is a long, explosive edge prospect who is a bit of a 'tweener at this stage. If he adds some bulk, he will most likely end up as a defensive end at the next level. Overall, he has a lot of potential no matter what position he ultimately plays.

Proctor seemingly projects to either a backer or defensive end in Bud Fosters' scheme. He shared brief thoughts on his defensive role with Rivals.com.

"I fit in perfectly," said Proctor. "It's just like what I've been doing in high school, rushing the quarterback, dropping into coverage, and just roaming."

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this happened about 10 seconds after I turned the tv on haha.

That was fast!!!

Likin' 2017 already... GO HOKIES!

Add on Hunter, Garbutt, Johnson, Wheatley and Speed and this will be a great start to 2017.

And Victor D. Forgot about him briefly.

And Dazz Newsome.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Bowl win, Duke crushed, recruiticorns? What a good week.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

What a good week fully dipped week!

FTFY

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

It is a good time to be a HOKIE (but when itn't it!)

BOOM

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

EL BUENO

So we're either going to have a DL that includes Hill, Settle, and Proctor, or we'll have Proctor anchoring the LBs behind a DL that includes Hill and Settle? And we might have Hunter locking down the top receiver?

Gawd... Good luck, Coastal

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

and hopefully Garbutt.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

...and Johnson, maybe the best true DE of the three.

This needs more upvotes!!

Hunter is awesome, but he is a rover and will have tight ends and run support.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Oh shiiiiiiit

Yassss. Let's keep this train going!

sol-a-rex

YASSS "Bend and Snap, Works every time!"

Pour some Beer on it

Funny movie!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Happy New Year indeed!

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Happy New Year!

I have seen Nathan play. He is the real deal. If he can add 20-30 pounds of muscle to his frame, he will be a more polished version of Dadi.
TAKE THAT PAT NARDUZZI!
GO HOKIES!

Fuck Pat Narduzzi

"Give me a fu¢king beer", Anonymous Genius

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Wow, I haven't posted on TKP since last year.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

You changed your name to McLovin?

What kind of stupid name is that, Foggell?

Are you trying to be an Irish R&B singer?

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

found a pic of Proctor smiling

How does he fit in a football helmet? Maybe get one of these bad boys in maroon.

We found Bucky's hair replacement.

We put the K in Kwality

I received one of these from my parental unit, excuse me I must now Narfle the Garthok

Semper Fi

His lack of smile reminds me of this guy. I'm good with that.

This interview was the best!

Is it football season yet?

FAM?! So hyped in this coffee shop right now! The wife denied me a high five...

Live shot of Narduzzi getting word that he lost Proctor to VT.

Yes, he has a nice butt, but come on Nard, focus man! The game's still going on.

these last few days have been absolutely UNREAL

Stoked he committed. Not so stoked he is still going on his OV to Pitt and penn state. Really hope he is just enjoying the recruiting experience. hope we keep him.

WOO HOO!

Never crimp your blasting caps with your teeth. - Dr Haycocks

Its always 110 Holden...said every mining engineer ever.

For those who know, how many lbs can Proctor add to that frame and maintain his explosiveness?

I ask because a few years ago we had a 4* OLB (Melvin Keihn?) who didn't have the lateral speed to play LB but also didn't have the frame to add bulk to play DE. I believe he was a similar size to Proctor.

He is bigger and has a frame that can bulk up much more than Keihn. Also, (and I am in the minority on this) think he could be an excellent backer. He moves, fills, sheds, and runs very similarly to Tremaine Edmunds at the same age. And Edmunds is becoming much more fluid and natural at the backer spot with experience.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

I agree. He could put on 10-20 lbs and become a mean backer. He'll probably end up at whichever position we need more depth.

Stick it in! Stick it in!

Sweet! Also, I would love to see us turn that backer spot into perennially having a big long fluid NFL-caliber body. Do you see this move being more likely if both Garbutt and Johnson pick the good guys?

Don't sleep on Debose either. I have no idea where VT stands with him, but he can be a player.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Wait a second... We had Melvin Keihn and Kalvin Cline on the same team and did nothing with those names?

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

It is truly disappointing that Kalvin Cline wasn't with us for the Belk Bowl.

I bet I know what he would have purchased with his $450 shopping spree!

What the hell happened to Kalvin Cline? I forgot about him!

Where is Click?!

Transferred to TAMU.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Transferred to Texas a&m to continue playing as a grad transfer.

Link

VB born, class of '14, Semper Paratus

Man, I remember his freshman year I was convinced he was the next great VT TE (QB). Then Bucky came along.

after his freshman year I was convinced he'd move to QB..

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Where is Click?!

"Jerod Evans had more moves on that run than Bayer has aspirin!"

-Mike Burnop, 9/24/2016

On point with the RL per usual.

Do you play doubles?

Keep calm, Gobble on

Are we doing TKP rocket league? Because I'd totally do TKP rocket league.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Haven't really tried doubles yet. Sandman VII on XB1 if anyone is interested, though.

"Jerod Evans had more moves on that run than Bayer has aspirin!"

-Mike Burnop, 9/24/2016

I play mostly doubles but don't have many regular teammates. Always up for it. Will add you shortly.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

But I thought this staff couldn't recruit!

I imagine he will be the proctor of the defensive front.

Yea I said it.

Where is Click?!

Rumor around the water cooler is, he's been commited since early December but wanted to announce it yesterday. Wouldn't be surprised if he cancels his upcoming OV's. Dude is 100% tech all the way

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

My favorite part of his statement was:

and the unique offense that Coach Fuente's put together

Its like defensive players like to play on teams where the offense can take advantage of defensive turnovers and score 35 points in a half. ;)

"Proctor to OL"

Heard it here first folks, mark it down.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

I've wondered for over a decade whether or not the weak O performance has hurt recruiting. Players want a shot to win the conference and even a shot at the NC. If they don't think that VT will field an O that can achieve that goal, why would they come to VT.

Anybody have the video from the game of him committing?

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Chris Godwin from penn state just declared for the draft. Now we'll find out if all the penn state fans claiming he only committed to VT because they didn't have a spot for him had any idea what they were talking about.

Do you mean that Godwin has declared so now they have an additional roster spot or were you talking about how Garrett Sickels just declared and now they have a DE spot open?

Probably both. Now they have 2 more available roster slots, but they consider proctor a LB not a DE.

It's usually not roster spots that's the issue it's class/scholarship yearly limits that is the issue.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

VT recruited Godwin pretty hard back in the day, too bad we didn't have today's offense to sell at that point. PSU didn't have much ch more offense to sell at that point either.

Did Proctor do anything of note at the UA game or practices?

Other than committing to VT?

I have no idea.

Correct. Found the box score and he had no registered stats. Was interesting to see ellis brooks led/tied his team in tackles.

These games are weird. Wyatt Teller made zero impact in the Army game (of course, he was playing d-line)

Funny, after he stopped doing stupid shit we don't see Teller's name much anymore. Good job Wyatt!

Where is Click?!