One of the hottest names on the graduate transfer market intends to visit Austin, as former Virginia Cavaliers offensive guard RJ Proctor told Noles247’s Jamie Newberg that the Texas Longhorns are currently one of three schools set to receive visits from him.
Proctor announced his decision to leave the Virginia program on Thursday afternoon:
Newberg reports that close to 30 schools had contacted Proctor at the time of their interview, including Florida, Missouri, NC State, and Oklahoma.
Right now, the 6’4, 335-pounder plans on visiting Florida State and Penn State along with Texas. The Seminoles stand as a particularly significant adversary given the need for instant-impact players.
However, the Longhorns can certainly offer the potential for Proctor to earn the starting role as left guard due to the departure of four-year starter Patrick Vahe. On the other side, Elijah Rodriguez is gone, as well, after his first season as a full-time starter.
Proctor suffered a knee injury in preseason camp this season that set him back, but he returned to the starting lineup in late October against Duke and remained in that role until the end of the season, albeit on a snap count. All told, Proctor started 12 games over the last three seasons for the Cavaliers, including five in 2017 when he had 22 knockdown blocks.
Texas brought in former Butler graduate transfer offensive tackle Tommy Kennedy for a visit without extending an offer, but it seems unlikely that Hand would do the same with Proctor due to the greater use of projection and team need.
So Proctor has now emerged as the most legitimate graduate transfer candidate yet and would be a significant addition for a Longhorns program with less than ideal experience at those guard positions.