Syracuse Lands Speedy ATH Russell Thompson-Bishop

Syracuse has added speedy athlete Russell Thompson-Bishop

Bloomfield (Conn.) High athlete Russell Thompson-Bishop has committed to Syracuse as the Orange are putting together a class filled with speed.

Thompson-Bishop visited the Syracuse campus last month, picked up an offer and immediately vaulted Syracuse to the top of his list. A few weeks later, after staying in constant communication with the Orange staff, decided to pull the trigger. 

"I chose Syracuse because it is the best of both worlds from the offers I have received," he said. "The coaching staff, campus, incoming team and playing style had a big part to do in my decision."

Thompson-Bishop says he has run a 40 as fast as 4.38 at one time. He is also a track star who runs the 100m, 200m and is the anchor man in a four by four relay. The 6-foot-1 prospect ran a 40 at around 4.8 at The Opening in New Jersey, but said that was due to participating in the event right after a track meet. 

At a recent Penn State camp, he ran a 4.43 40-time, 4.21 shuttle and had a 10-foot-3 broad jump. Impressive numbers overall. 

He chose Syracuse over offers from Boston College, Temple and in-state UConn. Thompson-Bishop will come to Syracuse as an athlete who will likely end up at wide receiver. His versatility, speed and athleticism makes him a good fit for Dino Babers' offensive system. 

"The way coach Babers wants to run the team fits me as a wide receiver and I love the quarterbacks," Thompson-Bishop said. "(Relationship with the coaches) played a great role. I speak to at least one coach daily."

Thompson-Bishop becomes the 14th member of Syracuse's 2017 class. You can check out his junior highlights in the video at the top of the page.

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