June 4, 2010

Denver East athlete preparing for CSU visit

Denver East High School athlete Ezekiel Bishop has become very popular in recent weeks, picking up five scholarship offers, including one from the in-state Colorado State Rams. Bishop stands 5-foot-10, 182 pounds and said he played a little of everything for the Angles last season.

"Last year I played outside linebacker, running back and fullback," Bishop said. "This season I think I am going to play safety. I would like to play safety at the next level. I think I have the body frame for it. I want to play defense and I am too small to play linebacker."

Safety is likely where Bishop will earn his scholarship next year. Bishop excelled on the defensive side of the ball last season collecting 111 tackles and 18 quarterback pressures. Bishop, who runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, said he holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, Arizona, Arizona State, Wyoming and Portland State.

He said he is looking for a family feel on a team that seems bonded. He is also looking for a hyped-up atmosphere around the program. Distance isn't an issue for Bishop who said he is willing to stay in-state. That is good news for the CSU Rams.

"(CSU Cornerbacks Coach) Tim Duffie is a very cool guy," Bishop said of his recruiting contact at CSU. "Tomorrow I am going up for an unofficial visit and meet the rest of the coaching staff. I went to their Junior Day also, I felt the bonding and family atmosphere during practice. I could see myself playing there."

Bishop, who said he wants to Major in Biology with an eye on being an Optometrist, said he has also connected well with Wyoming Defensive Line Coach Jerry Montgomery and Arizona State's Greg Way. However one school that does seem to have caught his attention is Arizona.

"I like Arizona," Bishop said. "Coach Greg Brown is recruiting me from Arizona. That was my first offer. They are all the same, but that is who I am close to. I got to talk to Coach Brown in person. He a great guy and so full of energy. He has a great aura and I sensed it the first time I met him. He has coached big players who have won Jim Thorpe awards."

Bishop said he just got done with a track season that saw him post an 11.2 time in the 4x100 meter relay as well as a 21-foot long jump. Now, he said he is planning on concentrating on football for the summer.

"Right now I want to work on watching game film on my opponents, increasing my foot speed and get my football IQ up," he said.

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