SC lineman draws early interest from Vandy

One of the top junior offensive line prospects in the state of South Carolina made a recent visit to the Vanderbilt campus, and left with a highly favorable impression. His interest is evidently being reciprocated by the Commodore coaching staff. So what's the delay? He's also interested in one of Vandy's biggest rivals.

Ryan Bishop is a 6-3, 305-pound offensive tackle with Colleton Preparatory School in Walterboro, S.C. The Warhawks have been SCISA state champions for the last two years in Class AA.

The rising senior has drawn the interest of recruiters since his sophomore year. He played an integral role in paving the way for record-setting running back Patrick Hamilton, who amassed over 7,000 career rushing yards.

Despite the fact that he is from South Carolina, Bishop says he may be looking out of state for a college.

"I'm hearing most from Nebraska, Auburn, Vanderbilt-- a lot from Vanderbilt-- South Carolina, and Tennessee.

"My two favorites at this point would probably have to be Vanderbilt and Tennessee. They're the two that I'm looking at the hardest."

Bishop was in Nashville March 20, looking over the Vanderbilt campus and checking out the Commodores' Black and Gold Scrimmage. He left with a strongly favorable impression.

"I love how interested Vanderbilt is in academics, and how hard they push their players with academics," Bishop said. "I love how easy-going the coaches are, and how nice they've been to me."

Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell has been recruiting Bishop for Vanderbilt. Bishop says he plans to attend camps at both Vanderbilt and Tennessee this summer. If things go well, he could easily end up as a summer commitment for either the Commodores or Vols.

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