HECTOR, Ark. (LyonScots.com) – Lyon College head coach Kirk Kelley wants winners; players that are excited about starting a new tradition with the Scots' football program and staying with the program as it begins to evolve. Kelley signed the squad's fifth standout high school player with the commitment of Hector High School's Jeff Proctor.
Proctor is a 6-feet, 1-inch, 285-pound offensive guard for Hector Wildcats. He will join the company of outstanding previously signed linemen at Lyon that include Batesville's Garett Denton (6-3, 255) and James Trotter (6-3, 290), along with Cody Eveld (6-3, 260) of Subiaco Academy and Micah Talley (5-10, 230) of Cedar Ridge High School.
Kelley has repeated himself time and time again when describing his first five signees, but their ‘stats' on and off the field reflect a description of student-athletes that Kelley wanted to bring to Lyon College when he took the head coaching position two months ago.
"Jeff is an awesome young man," Kelley said about his staff's latest signee. "We are very lucky to have him join our program. I know he's excited about being a part of the first recruiting class."
When Kelley says Proctor is a winner on and off the field, he's not exaggerating. The senior Wildcat is currently part of a football team that is undefeated at 5-0 in conference play. He is a three-year starter that led his team to the 2012 Arkansas State Playoffs and led the Wildcats in pancake blocks.
Off the field, Proctor is quite a leader as well. He is ranked No. 1 academically in his class, has been on the Honor Roll for the past three-plus years, received academic excellence awards in Civics, English 1, World History, U.S. History, Science and U.S. Contemporary History and has a 4.0 grade point average.
"Jeff is a great leader on and off the field," Kelley praised. "On the field he makes all his line calls and has a great understanding of the game. He is big, strong and very physical. He has a strong passion for the sport and he wants to eventually be a coach and student secondary education.
"He'll be a great addition to our program and to our college. He's just a phenomenal student."
Jeff is the son of Mark and Sheila Proctor of Hector.
Lyon College's first recruiting class will hit the field next fall and begin intercollegiate play as a member of the Central States Football League in 2015.