There was still work to be done, and he knew it.

Though Proctor was mentally ready to take on the challenge of furthering his football future, his tall, lanky body wasn't.

"Chaz did not look like a football player," Hannon said. "He looked like a tennis player."

Coming into his own

Mt. Hebron head coach Phil Zacharias, an assistant along with Hannon during Proctor's playing days, had a connection to the North Carolina Central University football team.

Proctor took a chance on his future, choosing to enroll at NCCU as a preferred walk-on.

Given his build at the time, he joined the Eagles on the offensive side of the ball as a tight end.

After being redshirted as a freshman, Proctor earned a spot on the defensive line in his first season on the active roster, and for four years, he never relinquished that position.

"My first play ever, I had a tackle for loss," he said. "I was really nervous. I blew through the pulling guard and smacked the running back for a five-yard loss.

"It was the coolest thing ever."

Proctor ultimately earned a full scholarship all four years of his eligibility.

Even after building himself up as a prominent presence on the defense, every year was a new battle. Transfers would come and go, recruits would try to take his spot, and there was always the threat of injury.

Still, Proctor was an every-game starter by his senior year.

"I felt like I was a really good player, and that I should be starting," said Procter, a two-time Second Team All-MEAC selection. "I felt like I out-worked everyone."

His proudest collegiate moment came on Oct. 18, 2012 when the Eagles played Hampton University on a nationally-televised ESPNU broadcast.

In that game, Proctor recorded six tackles (five solo), 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Out of college, Proctor wasn't expecting to be drafted. In fact, he wasn't even invited to the NFL combine.

"I wasn't really all that disappointed," he said. "I knew that at this level, nothing was going to be easy. I knew I would have to claw for every inch."

Proctor worked out at a regional combine in Owings Mills, where he was able to catch some teams' attention. From there, he was invited to a super regional combine on April 7 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

Following his trip to Texas, Proctor returned home. According to LeMon, he had received some interest from a few teams, but there were no official offers.