COLUMBUS, OHIO -- As the Buckeyes continues to relentlessly recruit future stars, they have landed a commitment from 4-star safety Josh Proctor of Owasso, Oklahoma during an unofficial visit for the Spring Game.
Ohio State offered Proctor last June during an unofficial visit as this has marked his second trip back to the campus. Making preparations for the 2018 season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have now strengthened their secondary.
Proctor picked Ohio State over scholarship offers from schools such as Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, Michigan, Texas, Georgia and Oklahoma among many others. He announced his decision via his Twitter page:
According to 247Sports rankings, Proctor is listed as a 4-star prospect. He is the country's No. 2 safety and No. 2 prospect in Oklahoma. Per Scout's official website, he is the 15th best safety and 130th overall player in the country. The midland region has him as the No. 6 safety.
Last August, the Tulsa World's Christian Favalora called Proctor and teammate Wayne Jones the best safety combination in the state of Oklahoma.
Proctor, at 6'2 and 190 pounds, is a great athlete for his position of safety. He boasts a 4.5 second 40-yard dash and flashes nice agility and ability to shift directions. His profile of ball-hawking highlights his skill to survey the entire field as he's adept at reading and reacting to plays along with having the speed to cover more ground in a short period of time.
For the Buckeyes, his proficiency in pass coverage will be an asset to the team especially if he has to face off against a slot receiver or hybrid tight end.
Proctor gave his verbal commitment in the middle of the game.
He has now become the seventh member of Urban Meyer's 2018 recruiting class for Ohio State, joining five-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent, four-star dual-threat quarterback Emory Jones, four-star safety Jaiden Woodbey, four-star offensive tackle Max Wray, four-star running back Brian Snead and four-star all-purpose back Jaelen Gill.
Ohio State appears to be gaining momentum in what had been an otherwise slow start to the 2018 recruiting cycle. Of the recent commits, four of them have committed since March and all rank in the top 100 nationally as prospects.
Proctor was heavily considering Oklahoma and Oklahoma State before announcing in favor of the Buckeyes. He had a total of 13 offers from powerhouse football programs.
Furthermore, Proctor is known as one of the best two-sport athletes in Oklahoma. In addition to his work on the gridiron, he has a starring role on the hardwood as well. He averages nearly 20 points per game on the Owasso basketball team and was the Rams' leading scorer during this past season.
"I bring my defensive mentality from the football field to the basketball court," said Proctor. "Honestly, I can't say which sport I like the most between football and basketball, but I plan on playing both my senior year."
The fact that he can excel in both football and basketball further illustrates his athleticism and abilities. He could be a scary presence in the secondary when he fills out a bit more and gain more experience as he smooths out the rougher edges of his game. Look forward to witnessing him among the Big Ten's top safeties in the future.