Running Back Looking at Gophers

Bishop Sankey has given a commitment to Washington State, but he's still investigating the Gophers as a possibility. He talked about his recruitment, what's important to him and his plans to visit Minnesota.

Bishop Sankey, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back from Spokane, Wash., has been committed to Washington State since December but has recently decided to look around to see what other teams have to offer. One school he is interested in is Minnesota.

"I am really interested [in Minnesota]. They're coaching staff seems really cool," Sankey said. "I got a chance to talk to the running backs coach recently, that's the coach I talk to mostly."

Sankey has been hearing a lot from the Minnesota coaches.

"I've been talking to the running back coach, Coach Hammock, who I really like. He's the one who offered me," Sankey said.

The West Coast running back has Midwest ties: "I grew up a Big Ten fan because I am from Ohio originally," he said.

In addition to Minnnesota, Sankey has been talking to Washington. He has offers from WSU, UW, Minnesota, Bowling Green and Ohio.

"I plan on visiting Minnesota, possibly this summer [for Minnesota's camp]," he said.

He will also be attending the Under Armor camp in Chicago this June. Sankey is not sure when he will make his final decision, but thinks it will probably be after next year's season.

The running back is looking for the whole package in a school, and emphasizes the points that are important to him.

"Academics come first, and an opportunity to get a shot to play early and then overall atmosphere and the environment, how I get along with the coaching staff as well as the players," he said.

Sankey also runs track, competing in the 100 meters, 200, and the 4x100 relay.

"My best time [in the 100m] is 10.9." Sankey said.

That speed helped him average just under 10 yards per carry last season on his way to scoring 17 touchdowns and being named first-team all-state.

He was recently nominated for the Army All-American Game.

"They told me they are going to do a final selection this December," he said. "I'm not sure yet, but hopefully I'll get a chance to play in that game come next January."


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