Lackey se­nior Proc­tor named to Un­der Ar­mour All-Amer­ica game

Lackey se­nior Proc­tor named to Un­der Ar­mour All-Amer­ica game

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Through nine weeks of the high school foot­ball sea­son, Lackey holds an 8-1 record and has al­ready clinched a play­off spot in the Class 2A South Re­gion play­offs.

A win over Calvert tonight in their reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale will au­to­mat­i­cally give the Charg­ers the re­gion’s top seed with home field ad­van­tage, so can this week get any more ex­cit­ing for the pro­gram?

It sure did on Tues­day morn­ing when se­nior Nathan Proc­tor Jr. was pre­sented his hon­orary game jersey dur­ing the Amer­i­can Fami- ly In­sur­ance Se­lec­tion Tour for the 2016 Un­der Ar­mour All-Amer­ica Foot­ball Game at the Lackey High School au­di­to­rium in In­dian Head.

Proc­tor will rep­re­sent the Charg­ers dur­ing the pres­ti­gious foot- ball game in Or­lando on Jan. 1. His se­lec­tion for the New Year’s Day clas­sic by ESPN Re­cruit­ing means Proc­tor, a four-star re­cruit, is con- sidered among the best play­ers at his po­si­tion in the na­tion.

The 10th an­nual game will be a na­tion­ally tele­vised com­pe­ti­tion spot­light­ing the coun­try’s top high school se­niors.

“This is a dream come true,” Proc­tor said. “It’s big for me. I grew up watch­ing this game and when you’re a kid you re­ally don’t think that you are go­ing to get there. But now ev­ery­thing has come true, and I thank my coaches, fam­ily

and the Lord be­cause I could have never achieved this without His love and strength.”

ESPN rates Proc­tor the No. 6 out­side line­backer in the na­tion and No. 3 player over­all in the state.

For Proc­tor it was a mo­ment that he will never for­get as he un­veiled his black UA jersey with red and gray ac­cents in front of his team­mates, coaches, teach­ers, fel­low stu­dents and fam­ily mem­bers.

Cur­rent NFL play­ers Julio Jones (At­lanta Fal­cons) and

A.J. Green (Cincin­nati Ben­gals) par­tic­i­pated in the game dur­ing their high school ca­reers, in ad­di­tion to eight first-round NFL draft picks in 2016.

“My goal has al­ways been to make to the NFL and have a long foot­ball ca­reer ahead of me,” Proc­tor said.

While be­ing one of the top re­cruits in the state and in the na­tion, the 6-foot-2, 217-pound Proc­tor grades have sky­rock- eted since his fresh­man year as he main­tains a 3.5 GPA.

Proc­tor, who be­gan play­ing foot­ball in a Charles County youth league pro­gram when he was 5, cur­rently has 30 NCAA Di­vi­sion I schol­ar­ship of­fers.

“I wanted to make my par- ents happy, es­pe­cially my mom more than I cared about foot- ball,” said Proc­tor, who is un- de­clared and will not make a de­ci­sion un­til Na­tional Sign­ing Day on Feb. 1.

Lackey head coach John Lush said that Proc­tor al­ways had a knack for play­ing foot­ball when he put him on var­sity as a fresh­man, but he had ad­ver­sity in the class­room.

“He al­ways could play foot­ball when he came in as a fresh­man, he just strug­gled aca­dem- ically at first,” said Lush, who re­ceived the Dream Cham­pion award at the cer­e­mony and will serve an as­sis­tant coach in the

game. “Now as a se­nior he has a 3.5 and is on our lead­er­ship coun­sel and he one of our lead­ers on the field as well. He is one heck of a kid.”

In late Jan­uary, Proc­tor has visits sched­uled for Penn State of the Big Ten Con­fer­ence and Ole Miss of the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence. He also has a visit next month set up for Vir­ginia Tech of the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence.

“This is an awe­some ex­peri- ence. You see [the game] on tele­vi­sion, but un­til you ac­tual- ly get up here and ex­pe­ri­ence it you can feel the en­ergy not only from Nate and his fam­ily, but the crowd,” Lush said. “It’s

just so over­whelm­ing, I’m not sure if I will be able to repli­cate that again. This is great for the school and a great com­mu­nity ef­fort, ev­ery­one helps out and will be all lined up when we played Calvert.”

Pos­sess­ing 4.55 speed in the 40-yard dash with a strong and ath­letic pres­ence, Proc­tor has been a key as­set on a Lackey de­fense that has yielded dou­ble dig­its just twice this sea­son.

Lush said, “Some of the young kids see Nate and think about that ‘Could be me, ‘and if they strive to be him, they can be pretty suc­cess­ful.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Lackey se­nior Nathan Proc­tor, left, was hon­ored with the Un­der Ar­mour All-Amer­ica Foot­ball Game jersey while head foot­ball coach John Lush was the Dream Award win­ner. Proc­tor will play in the 10th an­nual foot­ball game among the top high school se­niors in the na­tion on Jan. 1 in Or­lando, Fla., which will be aired on ESPN.

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