Name: Darryl Cato-Bishop
Hometown: Groton, Mass.
High School: Lawrence Academy
Position: Defensive End/Tight End
Notes: 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 and 250 pounds, Cato-Bishop was a star at fullback, tight end, and defensive 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 [NC State assistant basketball coach Pete] Strickland... I'm going to play football and walk on for basketball."
Cato-Bishop committed to NC State after talking with his family and coaching staff.
"I called the coaches back [Monday] morning and committed," he said. "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."
Cato-Bishop will likely start out at defensive end for NC State but he could also project as a tight end.
COACH QUOTE: "Darryl is a very dynamic player who plays the game with a lot of passion. He is a hard-nosed football player who had outstanding physical attributes. On the field he is extremely intense and plays hard every snap, but off the field he is a true gentleman." -- Lawrence Academy Head Coach Mike Taylor
SCOUTING REPORT: "Spotting Cato-Bishop isn't difficult when scouting his film. At 6-4 and 250 pounds, he's easily the largest player in every clip and is dominant whether it be on offense at tight end or coming off the edge at defensive end.
"Cato-Bishop has a D-1 ready frame but what stands out is his above average athleticism and quickness. Even at his size, he doesn't show stiffness when he runs. He moves fluidly and displays solid quickness. Cato-Bishop is somewhat similar to former Wolfpack recruit Dwayne Allen that ultimately signed with Clemson last year.
"While the level of talent he faces isn't the best, Cato-Bishop's potential is obvious after watching just a few plays. He really excels coming off the edge and with his size and burst, has the makings of a very solid defensive end down the road." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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