Bishop surveys the board, official to OSU set

SALEM's JORDAN BISHOP last weekend took an official visit to one of the three schools who have offered the 6-3, 190 pounder. This weekend he heads out to another. The weekend after that, he officially visits the last of the trio -- Oregon State. For the wide receiver prospect out of West Salem High, could it come down to weighing the prospects of a potential starting job vs. a possible grayshirt?

Oregon State has talked about the possibility of a grayshirt but nothing has been decided one way or the other, said Bishop.

Oregon State assistant Jay Locey was scheduled to stop in for an in-home visit on Thursday night, said Bishop.

The wideout tripped this past weekend to Moscow, saying he came away feeling a strong connection with the Vandals' coaches.

"I really liked the coaching staff... they were awesome," said Bishop. "The facilities were very nice, and the players were cool.

"It was just overall, a really good visit."

THAT DOESN'T, HOWEVER, necessarily mean that the Vandals now have a leg up on the competition, said Bishop.

"It still all depends on (what happens) with my other top schools. And after I visit those places, I'll see," he said.

Bishop has trips slated for both of the next two weekends.

"Portland State is this weekend and then the last weekend, it's Oregon State," he said.

AND PORTLAND STATE, who came to West Salem on Tuesday of this week for some face time with Bishop, who has certainly impressed Bishop over the course of the recruiting year.

"I'm visiting them this weekend ...and I think I'd be in the running for a starting spot there. "It would be a very good opportunity for me there -- but we'll see after (all) my visits and what questions I still might have on (the three)."

It looks to be down to OSU, Portland State or Idaho, said Bishop, as Signing Day (Feb. 6) is fast approaching. Although another school, one in the Beaver State, is still lurking.

"Basically those are the three main schools right there," said Bishop. "...Oregon did call last night, he actually left a message. Coach (Robin) Pflugrad called and just wanted to say 'What's up.'"

Jordan Bishop (6-3, 190, 4.55) profile and video

  • Bishop, who runs the 40 in the 4.55 range, grabbed 45 receptions for 709 hashes with 10 TDs this past season according to the Oregonian. Bishop was named first team all-league on both offense and defense and has garnered all-state accolades

  • Bishop and West Salem lost a heartbreaker 21-20 decision to Tualatin in the OSAA 6A state playoff semifinals. He is also an accomplished track and field athlete who hopes to pursue both sports in college.

  • Said Bishop of observing an OSU bowl practice session last month: "Oh, they looked crisp. Everything seemed like it had a time limit on it, everything seemed perfect, and that the second string was just as good as the first string. It was like, 'Wow' -- and 'Jeez.'"

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