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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Texas opens eyes of 2015 receiver

By William Wilkerson

He’s been under the tutelage of Deion Sanders since he was 12 years old as a member of his select team and is now a star wide receiver at Sanders’ Dallas Prime Prep High School, which ushered in varsity football for the first time in 2012.

There’s no telling where James Proche II will go from here, but the idea of Texas being his next landing spot increased dramatically after his visit Saturday.

“The visit was definitely worth it,” Proche said. "Texas has opened my eyes when it comes to their athletics. But their academics is what impressed me the most.”

Proche (5-10, 179) is as well-mannered and mature a sophomore as you’ll come across and his game is just as advanced. Despite playing in only three games last season (Prime Prep only played in five), he recorded 11 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns. That’s 24 yards per catch.

He’s a precision route runner reminiscent of Jaxon Shipley. He was looking forward to seeing Shipley in action at practice but was unable to because Shipley recently injured his hamstring.

He was still able to see Mike Davis, which was one of the highlights of the visit.

Proche, who already holds an SMU offer, was one of close to 10 wide receivers who made the trip to Austin. He said he wouldn’t be able to make it back for the spring game but would definitely attend one of the summer camps.

“I love the intensity of the practices,” he said. “They are really serious about winning and the aspects of what it takes to win and practice is one of those aspects.”

He’ll be in College Station on April 5 for Texas A&M’s sophomore day.