Another Buckeye is headed to the Senior Bowl.
The Senior Bowl announced Tuesday that Ohio State safety Josh Proctor has accepted an invitation to play in its 2024 game. He joins Tommy Eichenberg, who accepted his Senior Bowl invitation on Monday.
OFFICIAL! DB Josh Proctor @Jproctor_2018 from @OhioStateFB has accepted his invitation to the 2024 Reese's Senior Bowl! #GoBucks#TheDraftStartsInMOBILE@JimNagy_SB @PaniniAmerica #RatedRookie pic.twitter.com/jp3LyDR2wf— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) December 5, 2023
Proctor’s opportunity to play in the Senior Bowl comes after a standout final regular season as a Buckeye in which he recorded 41 tackles, four tackles for loss, eight pass breakups and returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown. After years of inconsistent play and bouncing in and out of the starting lineup, Proctor took advantage of his opportunity to play a sixth year at Ohio State and established himself as an NFL prospect in the process.
“You could see a different focus from him, like a laser focus, like he was on a mission,” Sonny Styles said in October of Proctor’s improved play this year. “Not like he wasn't focused before – it was just a different level of intensity. You could see it in his eyes every day. I think that's really why you're seeing him play his best ball right now.”
Proctor is one of four Buckeyes who will exhaust their eligibility after the Cotton Bowl along with right guard Matt Jones, wide receiver Xavier Johnson and quarterback Tristan Gebbia.