Commitment Analysis: Looking At What Auburn Is Getting In 4-Star Tray Bishop

Breaking down Auburn's newest commitment, four-star Tray Bishop.

Tray Bishop

Size: 6-3, 205

Ranking On Scout: 4-Star/ No. 7 Ath./No. 4 South Ath

Recruiting: Picked the Auburn Tigers over Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Florida State and others

 

Scout’s Take: "Obviously, number one, Tray is an elite athlete and elite talent. I think he could legitimately be a four-star at three different positions. He's that dynamic with the ball in his hands and obviously has great size to be a defensive back in some schemes too, but for Auburn going as a quarterback he's a kid that is going to be fun to watch and fun to develop. He makes plays.

"He's one of those guys that when the play breaks down he's at his best. He still has to learn to make the key reads and so on as a quarterback in a zone read scheme and has to refine his passing game and mechanics as a passer, but there's no doubt that when the ball is in his hands that's when he's at his best.

"Him picking Auburn and going to play quarterback, I think he may look back at that decision years from now and be really happy with that decision getting to play quarterback under a guy like Gus Malzahn, seeing what he's done. People want to talk about Cam Newton, and coming out of high school Cam had a better, stronger arm and was more thick and strong, but there are a lot of the same things Tray does that Cam did as well. They are very similar guys. I don't think that's a terrible comparison. It's a very lofty comparison, but I think he'll bring a lot of excitement to the Auburn offense." Chad Simmons



Analysis: Bishop is a prospect that has been a four-star on Scout for the last year despite not going to many national camps or combines, which is rare nowadays. His body of work speaks for itself on the field when you look at his ability to run away from defenders despite being bigger than just about everyone chasing him on the field. Showing good touch throwing the football, Bishop’s arm strength should only improve as he continues to mature as a quarterback. When that happens he’s going to be hard to keep off the field for the Tigers.

 

Photo by Jason Caldwell

Tray Bishop posing with fellow Auburn commitment Malcolm Askew gives you an idea of the size of Bishop as a quarterback.

What It Means: There’s no question that Auburn is focusing more on dual-threat quarterbacks and Bishop may be as good as anybody in the country by the time he gets to the Plains because of his combination of size, speed and determination. Still working on his passing skills, Bishop has shown plenty of improvement in that area in the last 12 months and with his senior season still to go there’s no reason why he can’t be very good in that department by the time he gets to Auburn.

We’ve already seen what having a dynamic runner at the quarterback position means in Auburn’s offense and while Cam Newton has also shown his ability to be a pocket passer when needed, Nick Marshall made the offense perform at the highest of levels because of the added dimension of his running game and being clutch throwing the football.

Bishop has the tools to be a difference maker in Auburn’s offense at quarterback and with the size to run through tackles and the speed to run by guys, he should be fun to watch down the road. With five-star OT Calvin Ashley and four-star offensive linemen Austin Troxell and Nick Brahms already on board with this class, the cupboard is getting restocked in a big way for future Auburn offenses.

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