The Syracuse Orange football program’s class of 2017 is finally signing on the dotted line. National Signing Day will welcome plenty of new players to the SU family, and we’re providing profiles for each and every commitment at TNIAAM. The team’s newest wide receiver, Russell Thompson-Bishop, looks to continue the Orange’s new legacy of excellence at the position.
Hometown: Bloomfield, Conn.
High School: Bloomfield High School
Position: Wide Receiver
Stats: 6'2", 198 pounds
Commitment Date: July 22, 2016
Ratings: ESPN and 247Sports said three stars, while Scout and Rivals each said two stars. You already know who we’re putting more stock into.
Other Offers: A lot of the usual suspects. Boston College, UConn, Temple, Army and Navy were his primary suitors other than the Orange.
Dino’s projected nickname: “Burst and Bloomfield”
Player Breakdown: Thompson-Bishop is one of several wide receivers joining the program this week with similar builds. Dino Babers isn’t using Amba Etta-Tawo as the ONLY model for what an Orange wideout should look like going forward. But at the same time, you can never go wrong with a collection of fast, tall and athletic wideouts. Thompson-Bishop comes in as a pretty big prospect, and should grow into a much more physical receiver over time.
Though there are points to be made about the level of competition you’ll find from opposing corners in Connecticut (ask the Huskies’ Jamar Summers!), RTB immediately jumps out as a guy who can compete on the field with most. Again, more than stars or anything else, his skill set fits what this offense wants to do. It’s likely he’ll redshirt just the same in 2017, to wait the departures of a few big names on the depth chart. Then the floodgates open for him and every young receiver on this team the following spring.
Programming note: Russell will be chatting with our own Ari Gilberg about his commitment next week, if you’d like to know more about how and why he chose Syracuse.