Brandan Bishop Gets Minnesota Interest

Brandan Bishop, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety from Boca Raton (FL) High, attended the Minnesota Gopher football camp Saturday. Bishop is getting looks from several schools and GoldenSports.Net caught up with Brandan and his father Bart to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Brandan Bishop transferred to Boca Raton after playing at North Broward Prep along with good friend Victor Keise, who committed to Minnesota and accompanied Bishop to the Gopher football camp. Bishop was a quarterback and safety at North Broward and captain as a sophomore.

Bishop played safety and wide receiver last year and will serve as a team captain this season. Bishop runs a 4.57 best 40-yard dash and has added 23 pounds since last year, when he weighed 172 pounds.

Bart Bishop, his father, said that they have sent 20 to 30 tapes to schools across the country.

"He has an offer from Florida International. He went to the Wake Forest camp last week and will go to Pittsburgh next weekend. He has interest from Georgia Tech, Northern Illinois, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Liberty, Central Michigan and South Florida," Bart said.

Brandon played basketball and baseball at North Broward, but is just a weight lifter and football player at Boca.

Boca finished 7-3 last season. The Bobcats will be without Antonio Fenelus, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback, who signed with Wisconsin.

Boca Raton is expected to be one of the top teams in the area and looked good during spring ball, which Bart felt was an advantage in terms of recruiting.

"Sixty or seventy school came through for spring ball," he said.

Bishop is being looked at as a strong safety and weakside linebacker. He attended the recent combine and shined in the physical testing. Bishop was measured with a 4.66 40-yard dash, 4.41 short shuttle, a 32-inch vertical, a seven-second, three-cone drill and a 9-foot-1 broad jump.

Bishop was asked to call the Gopher coaching staff after the camp, but he had not been able to reach them as of Monday night.

Bart said that he and his son like what they saw of Minnesota.

"It is a program on the rise. They had a good recruiting class," he said. "The new stadium will help and we liked what we saw of Minneapolis. It remind me of Chicago downtown."

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