Nevada players always do well at the NIKE Camps and Combines and that was no exception this past weekend at Stanford. One of the top linebackers in attendance was North Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne's Damien Proby who showed he should be recruited at the high Div I level.
Proby, 6-0, 208 pounds was not only one of the top 'backers in the camp, he may have been the toughest as well. After an accidental head butt from another player busted his cheek open, Proby went to one of the trainers, had it patched up and was right back on the field moments later.
"This kid is an absolute warrior," NIKE lead LB coach Chris Gizzi said. "He's a really athletic weakside 'backer and obviously very tough. He was all over the field making plays during the camp. He's also a coachable kid, very disciplined and when you combine that with his toughness and athleticism, he's a heck of a prospect."
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Proby had a solid junior season with 117 tackles and then had a big performance at the NIKE Combine in Long Beach with a 114.12 SPARQ Rating. The athlete clocked a 4.62-40, 4.38 shuttle, jumped 34 inches in the vertical and threw the power ball 41 feet.
On the recruiting front, Proby is sitting on a pair of offers and has six schools at the top of his list.
"Northwestern and UNLV have both offered me," Proby said. "Right now, my top schools are Arizona State, Cal, Idaho, Northwestern, Boise State and Oregon State. I'm hearing from all those schools right now and hopefully a few more will offer after this past weekend.
"I'm still open to whoever wants to recruit me. Right now, I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully good things will happen for me."