Recruiting ramps up for Salem's Bishop

IT'S THAT TIME of year when the presents sit underneath the tree waiting to be unwrapped and for some prep prospects, additional gifts come in the form of a recent scholarship offer. Jordan Bishop, the all-state wide receiver out of Salem, has received a full ride from a WAC school, while a nearby Pac-10 school sounds like they could be getting close.

Idaho had an in-home with Bishop a couple weeks ago and the talk went "real well", said Bishop. A mid-to-late January official visit date was talked about and it sounded like, Bishop said, a silver and gold offer being extended was a good possibility on the trip.

That timetable has since been moved up.

Idaho assistant Jonathan Smith called and offered Thursday night, said Bishop. The Vandals also want to move up the official visit to Jan. 11.

"I was surprised, they said they didn't want to wait and wanted to offer me now," said Bishop. "...Academics look pretty good and football is played in a dome so that's always pretty good for a receiver."

Competition has decidedly ramped up for the recently named all-state receiver out of Salem, Ore. The Beavers could be getting close to offering.

"We'll know more in a...week or two. Basically they're waiting on this one dude to see if he's going to commit," said Bishop earlier this week. That timetable also appears to have since been moved up.

Bishop has plans to head to Corvallis on Saturday to take in a Beavers' practice. It is a recruiting dead period and Bishop wouldn't be able to talk face to face with Oregon State, but recruits can call coaches without restriction throughout the year and there isn't an issue with a recruit attending an open practice and then later ringing up a coach.

And don't count out another Beaver State school, says Bishop, in Portland State.

"I really like their coaches and their offense, they chuck the heck out of the ball," said Bishop. "They have three or four starting seniors graduating so I feel I could go in and prove myself that way.

"I'm more of a homebody but if the right place comes along and it's a good fit for me, distance shouldn't be a factor. Football and track is what I want to do."

Both Oregon and Arizona are interested in Bishop for track.

All his official visit dates are being finalized at this point and are subject to change, but one possible schedule would have Idaho on Jan. 11, Portland State on Jan. 18 and Oregon State on Jan. 25. Montana State could also be in line for a trip.

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