When Brandan Bishop signed his letter of intent to NC State in February he didn't do so thinking he would redshirt and compete for a spot two or three years down the road.
Instead, the 6-1, 200-pound safety from Boca Raton, Florida believes he has an opportunity to play right away if he takes care of business. Bishop knows the Pack needs depth at safety, and he believes he can provide just that.
"Well, they (the coaches) definitely want me to come in ready to compete right off the bat," he told Pack Pride in an interview not long ago. "That's because there's not a lot of depth at safety. They just think if I'm in shape then I'll definitely get a shot at some playing time."
Defensive coordinator Mike Archer is who Bishop has spent more of his time talking to lately.
"Lately I've just kinda been finishing up my last semester and working out real hard. I'm training a lot so I'll be ready to come up there in three weeks.
"I talk to coach Archer once in a while, and coach (Mike) Reed a little bit. They keep me up to date with what's going on. I was actually gonna call coach Archer soon."
He has also been using a popular social networking site to keep in touch with some of the other incoming freshmen.
"I talk to a lot of them, especially through Facebook and the internet," he said. "Jarvis Byrd's not too far from here. He's come and hung out at my house a few times. I talk to Donald Coleman, the safety that's already up there at school. I talk to a lot of the guys. We're all excited. It's a great class."
Bishop plans on rooming with Byrd and Rashard Smith when he arrives in Raleigh later this month.
He offered his thoughts on how he sees the Wolfpack performing in his freshman campaign this fall.
"I think we're gonna have a great year. Last year we finished really, really strong and definitely would have won the bowl game if Russell (Wilson) hadn't got hurt in the first half. The sky is the limit. I definitely think we can contend for an ACC Championship if we take care of business."
Bishop was ranked the No. 75 safety in the nation by Scout.com in the Class of 2009.
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