VERBAL: Salem's Bishop goes black and orange

ON TUESDAY NIGHT, Salem wide receiver Jordan Bishop made it official, he's donning the black and orange this fall. Bishop's verbal commitment to the Beavers follows his official visit to Corvallis this past weekend. The 6-3, 190 pounder was named first team all-league on both offense and defense this past season and garnered all-state accolades.

"I committed to OSU," Bishop said in a text message to BF.C late Tuesday evening.

Bishop chose the Beavs over offers from Idaho and Portland State. Other schools in the mix included Oregon, who was in contact earlier this month.

A LAUDED THREE-SPORT, athlete, Bishop runs the 40 in the 4.55 range. He grabbed 45 receptions for 709 hashes with 10 TDs this past season according to the Oregonian's stats page.

At the annual Oregon Sports Awards earlier this month, Bishop was a finalist for the Johnny Carpenter male prep athlete of the year.

His high school career on the gridiron in the Beaver state came to a close when Bishop and West Salem lost a heartbreaker 21-20 decision to Tualatin in the OSAA 6A state playoff semifinals.

Bishop is also an accomplished track and field athlete. He is currently making his run on the hardcourt, where he was among his league's top scorers last year.

Oregon State has talked to Bishop this recruiting season about the possibility of grayshirting though nothing has been decided at this point.

GRAYSHIRTING HAS distinct advantages in that it allows a school to spread out their numbers and recruiting classes. For the player, it allows him to go through a spring ball session and offseason voluntary workouts, plus to get acclimated to student life and college coursework, well before fall camp begins in August when the rest of the recruiting class arrives.

The downside for a competitive athlete like Bishop, he said earlier, is in the short term -- it's in effect like hitting the pause button on a DVD. Regardless of how whether he eventually grayshirts or not, the Beavs look to have landed a very athletic wide receiver in Bishop.

And one who has some size to go along with it.

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