Providence (Charlotte, N.C.) rising senior Austin Proehl turned in an excellent performance at Virginia Tech’s one-day camp on July 13. The 5’10”, 160-pound wide receiver impressed so much that he received a full scholarship offer from head coach Frank Beamer before heading home.
A month prior to the camp, Virginia Tech first year wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead told Proehl that he liked his film — in particular the way he ran routes — and invited him to come to camp. Moorehead indicated that, with a good 40 time and a good performance overall, a scholarship offer could well come.
“Going in to the camp, I told myself to relax, run the best 40 time I could, and do what I needed to do to play to the best of my ability,” Proehl said. “If I did that, I thought I could come out with [an offer].”
Proehl reflected on both sessions — the morning combine and the afternoon drills/one-on-one competitions — of the camp.
“I ran a 4.47 in the 40. I also think my agility helped. I ran a 3.95 [in the shuttle]. [The morning session] was good,” Proehl said. “In the afternoon session, I felt comfortable. Being able to work with a guy (Moorehead) who played with my dad (former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl) was great. He has been at the top level, which is ultimately the goal of every young kid, especially me. He could tell I knew how to run routes. I think that’s what impressed him a lot. He also knew I could catch.”
Just before the afternoon session began, Frank Beamer went up to Proehl’s parents and asked if they would meet with him after the camp.
“I didn’t know Coach Beamer had done that until after the camp. I was just thinking I would say something to Coach Moorehead and see what happens,” the younger Proehl recalled. “I went up to Coach Moorehead and he told me to wait around until after he talked to some kids. I walked off the field with Coach Moorehead and Coach Shane Beamer, who is my recruiter. Coach Frank Beamer took us, brought us up to his office, and he told me he feels I could be the missing piece to a national championship. It was pretty cool to hear that from such a high-valued coach. It is great to feel needed like that.”
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