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Meet Bishop Mitchell Who Proves Top Talent Will Be Found

Meet Bishop Mitchell Who Proves Top Talent Will Be Found

There is an age old saying in football recruiting that "if your are good enough they will find you" and that was proven true once again last night as the PSU Vikings swept in on a tiny school prospect out of Mt. Angel, Oregon and landed his pledge.  Bishop Mitchell was a new name to us and while we saw him in action last Saturday we had no idea who he was.  The 5'9"- 180 pound Running Back looked smooth and athletic in all the drills at camp but we did not distinguish his true talent at that time.

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It was not until we caught his tweet late last night that we realized how good this kid is and can be.

 


This tweet led me to his film and oh my - Coach Barnum and his boys are turning over the deep river rocks now.  Regardless of the level Mitchell has the classic frame and ability to be a great one.  What did I just write?  SPEED KILLs.  Not literally of course but we just covered this fact - you have it or you better find it if you want to be the best.  Bishop has it and is only going to get faster.

Meet Bishop Mitchell Who Proves Top Talent Will Be Found

Bishop had 1,575 yards and 21 TD's rushing and another 350 receiving and 4 more TD's.  Add 50 tackles and 3 interceptions to that and the kid from the tiny town of Mt. Angel was able to become 1st team All State offense and defense.  He is a great story of a small town kid making it big.

What does this mean to Bishop and his family? What about his team?

"This is huge... I mean it's been me and my mom by ourselves since I was 4 so it's been a co-dream for both of us," said the humble kid.  "And the guys on our team are basically my brothers. Having less than 30 kids on the team it's easy to bond and we've been that way forever."

Speed- back to that speed.  How does a 4.43 40 sound to you?  Not sure?  What about a 10.9 100 Meter?  Yep that is speed that you just can not lie about.  That shows up on film and no doubt this is what got everyone at PSU fired up when they saw what they had in this recruit.  Barny and his boys moved in.

He is so fast and such a proto-type athlete it made me wonder if OSU or Boise State might be next.  Could he go bigger?  Would be want to?

"Playing any type of college football has always been a dream of mine. If that's PSU, OSU, or a D3 school, I've always wanted to play on Saturdays. I don't think much matters between conferences and divisions when you find a team that wants to work with you and you also like, also sharing the same goal, winning football games and developing good character."

Pause...

Repeat.

"Playing any type of college football has always been a dream of mine. If that's PSU, OSU, or a D3 school, I've always wanted to play on Saturdays. I don't think much matters between conferences and divisions when you find a team that wants to work with you and you also like, also sharing the same goal, winning football games and developing good character."

The skies should open and the football heavens celebrate with the ghosts of every great recruit in the history of the game clapping their approval of such words. You can not make this up.  There is no book that tells a 16 year old kid to say these things- this came out of his mouth the second I asked and you know what - this is what every coach wants to hear and what every kid- and PARENT - needs to be saying.

I hope Bishop Mitchell runs for 5,000 yards at PSU and goes to the NFL.  I hope he earns a great degree and finds passion in the world and can help his family through a great albeit dangerous game.  And I hope, we all need to hope, that more schools look as hard as PSU did right here to find talent like Bishop Mitchell.

This is a great story for a Wednesday- Hope to see all you recruits form big schools and small at the RDAFshowcase tomorrow where 11 Big Sky schools and 10 others and coming to look for guys just like Bishop.


 

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