June 30, 2010

Bishop receives sixth offer

An in-state scholarship offer has helped Denver East athlete Ezekiel Bishop push his scholarship offer count to six heading into July.

Bishop stands 5-foot-10, 182 pounds and said he played a little of everything for the Angels last season. 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.

Last month Bishop attended a camp at Colorado-Boulder and received an offer from the Buffs. He added that offer to others from Colorado State, Arizona, Arizona State, Wyoming and Portland State.

The Colorado offer was exciting for Bishop who called it "a blessing to be in this situation." Bishop said he felt like he did well during camp and was told after the camp to call the coaching staff later in the week, which resulted in a conversation with head coach Dan Hawkins and a scholarship offer.

"It was a great camp," Bishop said of CU. "It was a great chance to look into their program. First, [head] coach [Dan] Hawkins came in and talked to us and we watched a CU football highlight video. Then we took a brief tour of their facilities: the training room, locker room, weight room. After that we went on the field and stretched.

"I went with the defensive backs and they had us run through some drills that will help me with my footwork. Then we did some fun contests where we were competing. We did a slam dunk contest, a mirror drill, Buff ball and then we did one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens."

If Bishop commits to CU, it will make him the fourth East High Angel on the CU roster, where he would join DaVaughn Thornton, Quentin Hildreth and Zach Grossnickle.

While the CU offer excited Bishop, the Buffs will have to fight off an impressive group of schools in order for Bishop's services. Bishop said he doesn't have a top five set up but the Arizona Wildcats have been recruiting him longer than anyone and Bishop said he was "closest," with the Arizona coaches. Kansas State also had Bishop in for a recent camp. While an offer didn't follow the camp, an invitation to see the Wildcats host UCLA this year did.

Colorado State has been in the Bishop sweepstakes for a long time and has also caught Bishop's eye.

"It was great," Bishop said of a recent unofficial visit to Fort Collins. "I loved the academic center and the advisors in the academic center they showed me how a student-athlete will be successful in class and that really caught my eye."

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