Bloomfield (Conn.) High athlete Russell Thompson-Bishop visited Syracuse on Sunday. He was one of a bunch of players on campus, who participated in a camp. During that time, he was able to run the 40, shuttle, routes on air and routes against defensive backs in one-on-ones.
Thompson-Bishop says he ran a 4.46, which is a big reason why Syracuse decided to offer. Beyond that, he was able to check out much more of the campus and the football program.
"I saw the weight room, training facilities, lounge area, where they eat, saw the beautiful Carrier Dome, drove around campus and then was called into the head coach's office," he said. "He informed me that I got a prestigious offer. That out of all the offers, he keeps two to himself.
"One to a big athlete and one to a little athlete, and I was one of those two offers. He told me of how he has coached elusive offenses and receivers thrive. He loves me and what I'm about and thinks I"m a big time playmaker with great speed."
Thompson-Bishop says he was "stoked" when the offer came. Being able to interact with head coach Dino Babers during a one-on-one discussion that took over 40 minutes meant a lot. That set his time at Syracuse a part from typical camps he has experienced in the past.
The visit went so well that he now has Syracuse out in front for his services over offers from Boston College, UConn and Temple.
"The offense is second to none," Thompson-Bishop said. "The amount of NFL wide receivers that coach has put into the league is incredible. He continuously has high octane, explosive offenses that put up numbers. That's my kind of offense."
The 6-foot-1 wideout says he is looking to decide sometime this summer, and plans to visit Syracuse a second time before doing so. He says he will be back on campus in July after the dead period, which runs from June 27th through July 10th.