Boca Raton (FL) defender Brandan Bishop chose NC State over West Virginia after an impressive senior season that saw him tally 108 tackles, five interceptions and two forced fumbles on defense while hauling in 45 catches for 600 yards and eight touchdowns on offense.
The true freshman is adjusting to the rigors of major college football and spoke with Pack Pride about the transition from high school recently in this Q&A.
What is the transition like going from high school football to division one football?
You know, it’s a lot at once. You’ve just got to try to take it slow and get used to it but I’m liking it a lot up here so far. I’m having a good time. Camp’s going pretty well. So, so far, so good.
How is the game different here compared to when you were in fall camp at Boca Raton?
It’s definitely a lot more physical game. The ACC, it’s a big-time league and you’ve just got to be ready to play and I’m liking it.
As a freshman is it a situation where you’re just trying to find your place on the field?
Right now I’m just trying to fit in. I made the transition to linebacker and coach McCollum has been helping me out. I’m learning a lot every day and just trying to get better at every single practice.
What kind of led to the decision for you to move over to linebacker?
Coach Archer just told me that’s where I was going to start out in camp and I was excited. It was a new spot, a new challenge.
Has the transition been difficult?
I played strong safety in high school but it’s not too much different. It was king of like a hybrid-type position where you’re covering slot receivers and you’re kind of outside the box a little bit. So I think it’s going to be a good spot for me.
Who are you rooming with now that you’re at NC State?
It’s me, Jarvis Byrd, Morgan Alexander and Rashard Smith.
In State’s first scrimmage, Rashard Smith had one of the highlights with his interception. How was that play?
It was great. He went and got the interception, took it back. Rashard is just a phenomenal athlete and he’s going to be a big-time player.
Were you able to get many reps in that first scrimmage?
I got a few. I was in there and thought I did alright but that would be up to coach Mac (LB coach Andy McCollum).