November 11, 2008
Florida Athlete Holds Offers On Both Sides of the
Most high school players who move on to college go from being the star on both sides of the ball to being forced to pick one or the other. That will not be the case for Brandan Bishop of Boca Raton (FL) High School.
Bishop, who had already received a variety of Division One offers to play safety recently received an offer from Central Michigan to play receiver for the Chippewas.
"I was real happy when I got the offer," Bishop said. "It's a unique offer because CMU is the only school to offer me on offense. I like the idea of playing offense at the next level."
The main coach recruiting Brandan to CMU is Zach Azzani, the receivers' coach and assistant head coach. Last year, Azzani was responsible for bringing Brandan's former teammate, CMU freshman receiver Jerry Harris, to CMU.
"I talk to Jerry through Facebook quite a bit," Bishop said. "He said the weather took some getting used to but overall, he likes it a lot up there."
While he is intrigued by the idea of playing offense, Brandan is not ready to say which side of the ball he prefers just yet.
"I start both ways for my high school team and I like both equally," Bishop said. "I am intrigued by the possibility of playing offense though."
Anyone who watches Brandan's highlight videos can see that he is a force on both sides of the ball. He brings special qualities to both sides.
"On defense, I can bring the wood pretty well," Bishop said. "On offense, I like catching the ball in space and making a move. I consider myself to be a pretty physical wide receiver."
Currently, Bishop's Boca Raton team is 7-2 and has already secured its spot in the playoffs.
"We have one more regular season game and then the playoffs," Bishop said. "We have played well so far this season. Hopefully, we can keep it going and make a run."
In addition to his offer from Central Michigan, Brandan also holds offers from West Virginia, NC State, Western Michigan, Florida International, Air Force and Pittsburgh. He intends on taking all of his official visits and then making a decision in mid-January sometime. Central Michigan will be receiving one of those visits.
"I am just looking for a good combination of academics and a solid football program," Bishop said. "I just want to find a place where I can fit in and feel comfortable with the players and the coaching staff. I am looking for a family atmosphere."
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