What a difference a year makes for Sam Proctor
Last season, the Houston-area athlete was out of the playoffs and out the door at Dobie High School at semester break.
The multi-talented athlete decided to transfer down the road to Pearland High School, which was also licking their wounds from another playoff loss to North Shore High School. A perfect football match was made and a year later Proctor is leading the Oilers to the regional finals of the Class 5A state playoffs.
With Proctor directing the offense and Texas-commit Foswhitt Whittaker in post-season form, Pearland is three games from a state championship ring. They got by nemesis North Shore and face Cy-Fair, who is led by junior phenom Sam McGuffie, this weekend.
"If I was a college program, I'd take him at a couple of different positions," North Shore defensive coordinator John Kay said. "I'd put him at running back, receiver, linebacker or safety. He's just a great football player."
While college recuiters from LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, among others, are clamoring for his attention, Proctor has brushed everyone aside to stay focused.
"We've got a lot of people rolling through to see him right now," Pearland coach Tony Heath said. "But I give him tremendous credit because he wants to take care of Pearland business first. He is selfless and is really showing great maturity."
Oklahoma State offered Wednesday, which brings his total to five.
For now, Proctor is oblivious to the recruiting process and hopes it doesn't start anytime soon.