"Everything you can think about UVa (made me commit)," said a very happy R.J. Proctor after committing to Virginia on Friday. "From the coaches, to the academics, to the football field to everything about them just made me think about that college over anyone else."
The Bealeton (Va.) Liberty offensive tackle visited UVa the previous weekend, but it was actually a week away from it all that really made him realize, Virginia was the right choice for him.
"We went to Ocean City for all this week. And we got away from all the football and were just thinking about what the decision we were going to make in regards to these colleges," he explained. "When we got down here on the first night I said, I didn't want to hear about football, because I was concentrating on eating crabs and just eating.
"Second night, we sat down with the rest of my family and we were going through the pros and cons with each of the schools that have offered me. The one with the most pros was UVa. Again we asked the whole family, who they thought and they said UVa. I was the last to vote, and I said UVa as well. I wanted to commit to UVa."
With his decision clear, he had to make a very special call to the Virginia staff.
"I called (Virginia offensive line) coach (Scott) Wachenheim and Coach Wach put (offensive coordinator) coach (Steve) Fairchild on the phone, and they both were very excited. And they told me (head) coach (Mike) London was at a funeral for his grandmother. So I called coach London around 3:15 and he yelled through the phone and he was like I'm so excited, I'm so excited. It was really cool."
Two weeks ago Nokesville (Va.) Kettle Run wide receiver David Eldridge committed to Virginia. When Scout.com talked to Eldridge, he said he wanted Proctor to commit, and that he would work on getting him on board. It seems like Eldridge kept his promise.
"We talked four days ago, I told him I was thinking about committing on Friday and he just sent me everything that he thought was good with UVa. And I took that into consideration, because I know I will be at school with him, so it is going to be a brotherhood."
Now Proctor is concentrating on recruiting another lineman, Virginia Beach (Va.) Cox offensive tackle Blake Camper. For now, however, Proctor is enjoying is last few days on vacation with his family-a very excited family.
"We are in a condo in Ocean City and everyone is in the family room. And I called them (the UVa coaches), so I wanted to go away from everybody because they were talking. So I went into the bathroom so I could hear. My mom was basically breaking down the door, and she could hear through the door and she he was happy. She was crazy."
RJ Proctor is the seventh commit in the 2015 class and the third commit this week for the Wahoos.