Dawson, Ga.--Already rated a four-star athlete in the 2017 class and one of Auburn’s top offensive targets, football prospect Tray Bishop was on hand for Saturday’s win over Louisville at the Georgia Dome to kick off the new season.
Coming off an impressive Friday night when he ran for 200 yards on 13 carries and added 117 more though the air with two touchdowns in a win over Albany High, Bishop said he had a great time sitting just up from Auburn’s sidelines while watching the Tigers get a victory.
“Overall the performance was pretty good,” Bishop said. “They were probably about 90 percent with it being the first game. Every team gets to see what is wrong then. It looks like we’re going to have a good season though.”
A prospect who was impressive at Auburn’s summer camp before making a pair of visits back to campus to see more of what the Tigers are all about, Bishop had the opportunity to build a strong bond with players such as Jeremy Johnson and Ricardo Louis. On Saturday he got to watch those guys play on the level he’s striving for, something that really hit home for him while sitting in the stands.
“It really made it seem unreal,” Bishop said. “Once they get on the big stage in the big game on national television and knowing that I have been interacting with these players closely, to see them playing in the Georgia Dome was pretty good.
“There were plays I just kept thinking in my head ‘that will be you one day on national television.’ That’s pretty great.”
Planning to wait until next year to make a college choice, Bishop said Auburn remains a strong leader for him at the moment with Florida State, Georgia and Alabama also in the mix. With so many visits to Auburn under his belt he said it has given him a good vibe about Gus Malzahn’s program, the school and the city.
“What stands out would have to be the way they conduct things around there,” Bishop said. “It’s just a solid program. You barely hear of players getting in trouble and it’s a great atmosphere. The coaches are well monitored, they keep everything running smoothly. It’s all about work there. The hard work is another level.”
At 6-3, 185 with outstanding athleticism and blazing speed, Bishop plays quarterback for Terrell County High, but is being recruited as a wide receiver by Auburn. With the way the Tigers use players such as Louis and Jason Smith in the offense he said it’s a perfect fit for what he brings to the table.
“With their offense it’s very versatile so I could picture myself at quarterback running the read-option,” Bishop said. “I could picture myself at receiver too, running the jet sweep. I think their offense fits me the most because I’m more of a run-pass quarterback.”