Considered one of the top basketball players in Massachusetts, Groton (Mass) Lawrence Academy standout Darryl Cato-Bishop is probably better known for his exploits on the hardwood than the gridiron.
However, at 6-4, 225 pounds, Cato-Bishop was a star at both defensive end and tight end for Lawrence Academy and helped lead them to an impressive 7-1 record in 2008. The combination of size, athleticism and potential has helped land him a couple of major scholarship offers for football.
One of those schools is NC State and the Pack was able to host Cato-Bishop on an official visit this past weekend. The Wolfpack is offering an opportunity to play two sports should he decide to commit to State. Pack Pride caught up with him after his trip to find out what he thought of the Pack.
“I liked it a lot,” he said. “It was a big campus, a lot of people. They have great football facilities, great coaches. Earl Wolff hosted me and he was just telling me that State was coming up each year, getting better and they were going to a bowl game. He was also talking about how much they all loved coach O’Brien.
“I also had a chance to talk to coach Strickland so if I decide to go to NC State, I’m going to play football and walk on for basketball.”"I called the coaches back this morning and committed," he added. "The coach recruiting me is coach Petercuskie and he sounded real happy. He thinks I can go down there and help them win."
Cato-Bishop was hearing from several schools before deciding to commit to the Wolfpack.
“For football I’m hearing from Boston College, Oregon and Virginia Tech but State and BC are the main ones,” said Cato-Bishop. "I’m looking to play football first. Right now, State and Boston College are the two that had offered for football."
NC State is recruiting Cato-Bishop as a defensive end. Pack Pride will have more from him in the near future so stay tuned!