Josh Proctor is one of the best high school football players in the country. The four-star safety is the No. 71 overall recruit in the country per 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect out of Oklahoma is committed to Ohio State. He signed with the Buckeyes in December.
Recently, Proctor revealed a secret he had been keeping from basically everyone. He'd been playing hurt.
Proctor was fighting through an ankle injury during the 2017 season. He injured his ankle during the third game of the season, but battled through it, leading his high school to the state championship.
"Nobody knew that, except for our coaches and our team,” Proctor told Land of 10. “It was just nagging me the whole season. Then we got into the playoffs, the body is worn down, and it seemed like every game I tweaked it. I would get rolled up on or cut wrong, and in the state championship, I just kept telling myself, ‘I can’t go out, I can’t go out.’
“It was a high-ankle sprain, for sure. And I may have chipped some little pieces in there. The doctors knew, and they really wanted me to sit out for some of the games — but I felt like I had to play them.”
That's the kind of attitude Ohio State's coaches have to like. Obviously, you don't want anyone playing while seriously injured, but battling through some nagging stuff is impressive.
Proctor chose Ohio State over Oklahoma, Georgia and Texas, among other programs. He should be a great player for the Buckeyes.
You can read his full interview with Land of 10 here.