- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Wide receiver James Proche II (Dallas/Prime Prep) isn’t one of those cocky kids who enjoys referring to himself in third person. When you get to know the 2015 prospect, he’s the exact opposite.
But when Proche was asked on Sunday about his aspirations for the upcoming spring and summer, his comments turned into a declaration -- something that he’s going to hold tightly.
“This offseason, James Proche II will be the hardest-working kid in the country. I guarantee that,” Proche said. “He will become a top-five receiver in the country.”
Proche has been backing up that statement by improving his hands, speed and footwork in various drills and with skills clinics. Proche is preparing for a productive spring and summer season, and he’s hoping to further put himself on the map at the Nike Football Training Camp on April 7 in the Dallas area.
Proche picked up his first offer -- from SMU in January -- and he’s already garnered interest from Cal, Arizona State, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. The sophomore added that Arizona State and Cal might be the two schools closest to offering.
“I really like the Pac-12 a lot,” Proche said. “I like the fact that they throw the ball, and the fan environment out there is crazy.”
Prime Prep played its first varsity season in 2012 and only participated in five games, but Proche was the team’s leading receiver in a very young offense. Prime Prep was coached by Deion Sanders, someone Proche considers more than just another role model.
“Being with Deion since I was 12, because I played on his select team, our relationship is tremendous,” Proche said. “He’s like an older brother or a father or an uncle to me. He wants the best out of you.
“He’s not going to give you all the praise right away; he’s going to make sure he gets the best out of you.”
Proche finished the year with 11 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged a very respectable 24 yards per catch. As impressive as that was, Proche is looking to be even more of a threat in his final two high school seasons.
“I’m only a sophomore,” he said, “but I’m glad I’m making the progress I’m making.”