Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is senior safety Josh Proctor. Yesterday it was tight end Gee Scott. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.

Josh Proctor

No. 41 | Safety | 6-2 195 | Senior | Owasso High School | Owasso, Oklahoma

How’d He Get Here

Oklahoma offered Josh Proctor mid-way through his sophomore season at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma. He visited that winter and then camped there the following June. One day after camping at OU, he received an offer from Ohio State and took an unofficial visit. Then about seven months later, Michigan offered. No visit came. Texas offered a week after Michigan. Proctor then committed to Ohio State in April of 2017 on an unofficial visit for spring game weekend. Proctor was the No. 7 safety in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 71 player overall.

Current Situation

Josh Proctor began his career as a backup safety for his first two years, but then found a role in last year’s secondary. Last year was not a good measure of what to expect this year, especially since Proctor didn’t really play free safety all that much. He was at free safety in the spring and spent that time with the ones throughout. Proctor is the expected starter for the Buckeyes this year, and with this being a one-high defense, a solid free safety is paramount. The Ohio State defense did not replace Jordan Fuller well last year, and everyone saw the results. Things need to be better this year and a lot of those expectations are being placed on Proctor’s shoulders.

What to Like

Not so long ago, Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette compared a young Josh Proctor to former Buckeye All-American free safety Malik Hooker. Proctor hasn’t made it to that point yet, but then Hooker’s 2016 season was an all-timer and it’s unlikely anybody will ever make it to that point again. Proctor is a very good athlete who has dropped some weight from last year, likely because he knows he’s going to have to cover a lot of ground. Free safety is pretty much the position he came to Ohio State to play and this year he’s finally going to get his chance. He is now a senior, so he knows the defense. He has been a ball-hawk in practice, so now it’s time to carry that into the games consistently.

What’s the Ceiling This Year?

When you consider the athletic ability, the experience, and the role that Josh Proctor is going to play, the ceiling here is an All-American kind of season. Now, that’s a very tall order, and Proctor has never yet secured a full-time starting role, but the potential is there. Even if he doesn’t hit his ceiling this year, the Ohio State secondary should be improved with him back there. And the thing is, he doesn’t need to be an All-American for this defense to reach its potential, he just needs to be solid, consistent, and persistent. That ceiling is much lower and much more attainable.

And Beyond?

Even though Josh Proctor is a senior, he could choose to utilize his free year and return in 2022. Proctor has NFL size and has no fear of contact. He’s a physical defender, but this year he’s going to get a shot to show some more finesse. If things go as planned, he may choose to come back to increase his draft stock — and also to continue to enjoy life as a college football player. If he chooses to leave, then that may be an indication that he had a pretty good 2021 season. And if that’s the case, he could be on his way to a long NFL career.

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  1. [I]Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is senior safety Josh Proctor. Yesterday it was [URL=’https://buckeyescoop.com/gee-scott-unique-matchup-ohio-state-buckeyes/’]tight end Gee Scott[/URL]. You can find all of the [URL=’https://buckeyescoop.com/tag/scoop-profiles’]daily Scoop Profiles right here[/URL].[/I]

    [HEADING=1]Josh Proctor[/HEADING]
    No. 41 | Safety | 6-2 195 | Senior | Owasso High School | Owasso, Oklahoma

    [HEADING=1]How’d He Get Here[/HEADING]
    Oklahoma offered Josh Proctor mid-way through his sophomore season at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma. He visited that winter and then camped there the following June. One day after camping at OU, he received an offer from Ohio State and took an unofficial visit. Then about seven months later, Michigan offered. No visit came. Texas offered a week after Michigan. Proctor then committed to Ohio State in April of 2017 on an unofficial visit for spring game weekend. Proctor was the No. 7 safety in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 71 player overall.

    [HEADING=1]Current Situation[/HEADING]
    Josh Proctor began his career as a backup safety for his first two years, but then found a role in last year’s secondary. Last year was not a good measure of what to expect this year, especially since Proctor didn’t really play free safety all that much. He was at free safety in the spring and spent that time with the ones throughout. Proctor is the expected starter for the Buckeyes this year, and with this being a one-high defense, a solid free safety is paramount. The Ohio State defense did not replace Jordan Fuller well last year, and everyone saw the results. Things need to be better this year and a lot of those expectations are being placed on Proctor’s shoulders.

    [HEADING=1]What to Like[/HEADING]
    Not so long ago, Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette compared a young Josh Proctor to former Buckeye All-American free safety Malik Hooker. Proctor hasn’t made it to that point yet, but then Hooker’s 2016 season was an all-timer and it’s unlikely anybody will ever make it to that point again. Proctor is a very good athlete who has dropped some weight from last year, likely because he knows he’s going to have to cover a lot of ground. Free safety is pretty much the position he came to Ohio State to play and this year he’s finally going to get his chance. He is now a senior, so he knows the defense. He has been a ball-hawk in practice, so now it’s time to carry that into the games consistently.

    [HEADING=1]What’s the Ceiling This Year?[/HEADING]
    When you consider the athletic ability, the experience, and the role that Josh Proctor is going to play, the ceiling here is an All-American kind of season. Now, that’s a very tall order, and Proctor has never yet secured a full-time starting role, but the potential is there. Even if he doesn’t hit his ceiling this year, the Ohio State secondary should be improved with him back there. And the thing is, he doesn’t need to be an All-American for this defense to reach its potential, he just needs to be solid, consistent, and persistent. That ceiling is much lower and much more attainable.

    [HEADING=1]And Beyond?[/HEADING]
    Even though Josh Proctor is a senior, he could choose to utilize his free year and return in 2022. Proctor has NFL size and has no fear of contact. He’s a physical defender, but this year he’s going to get a shot to show some more finesse. If things go as planned, he may choose to come back to increase his draft stock — and also to continue to enjoy life as a college football player. If he chooses to leave, then that may be an indication that he had a pretty good 2021 season. And if that’s the case, he could be on his way to a long NFL career.

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