Bishop sets UI official trip, lands OSU offer

JORDAN BISHOP's recruiting stock is most assuredly on a strong upward path these days. The two-way Central Valley Football All-Star out of West Salem High picked up an Idaho offer earlier this week and Oregon State followed suit today. Did the uber-athlete and WR prospect jump on the in-state school's full ride, or was there a "twist", and is there yet still more to come on his recruitment?

The Beavers offered Bishop a full ride late Saturday afternoon, though they may, said Bishop, ultimately want the 6-3, 190-pounder to delay his enrollment until January of 2009.

"Oregon State offered me a scholarship today but there's a bit of a twist -- they may want me to grayshirt," said Bishop.

Idaho and Portland State have also offered the West Salem High standout and January official visits are in the offing to both schools.

GRAYSHIRTING HAS advantages in that it allows a school to spread out their numbers and recruiting classes. Plus, it also allows a player to go through spring ball and offseason voluntary workouts, and to get acclimated to student life and college coursework, well before fall camp begins in August when the rest of the recruiting class arrives.

The downside, said Bishop, is that as a competitor, it's in effect like hitting the pause button on a DVD.

"They said, 'You know, we might have to grayshirt you because we have so many guys at this position," said Bishop. "...They said in September, October, November, December I could work, work out, help coach my high school team -- These are all suggestions by coach (Mike) Riley.

"There are some ups and downs about that, because sometimes you want to play right away -- to at least compete for a spot right now. And you can also learn, there are (All-American types) like Sammy Stroughter there and some good people I could learn from. So there are some ups and downs, some things I'll have to think about."

A LARGE PART OF that thinking will undoubtedly focus on the scholie offers from Idaho and Portland State, where grayshirting is not expected to be part of the equation.

Saturday night and post-OSU offer, Bishop said, both Idaho and PSU remained highly viable options.

Bishop also said the plan going forward is to take his official visits to Idaho and PSU on Jan. 11 and 18, respectively.

IDAHO OFFERED BISHOP earlier this week. Former Beaver QB great Jonathan Smith, now an assistant at Idaho under head man Robb Akey, is running the point on Bishop's recruitment for the Vandals.

Jordan Bishop (6-3, 190, 4.55) profile and video

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Bishop in '07 hauled in 45 receptions for 709 hashes with 10 TDs according to The Oregonian. He is also an accomplished track and field athlete who hopes to pursue both sports in college.

  • Bishop and West Salem lost a heartbreaker 21-20 decision to Tualatin in the OSAA 6A state playoff semifinals. Bishop was named first team all-league on both offense and defense and has garnered all-state accolades.

  • Bishop said no date was set for an official trip to Oregon State but; "They definitely want to have me down. We'll figure something out pretty soon."

  • Said Bishop of observing the Beavs' bowl practice session: "Oh, they looked crisp. Everything seemed like it had a time limit on it, everything seemed perfect, and that the second string was just as good as the first string. It was like, 'Wow' -- and 'Jeez.'"


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