Name: Russell Thompson-Bishop
Position: Wide receiver
Year: (Redshirt) Freshman
Hometown: Bloomfield, Conn.
High School: Bloomfield High School
2017 stats: Redshirted, so N/A.
2018 projections: If it weren’t for the redshirt, Thompson-Bishop was seen as a solid bet to see the field last season. Now entering his first season suiting up for the Syracuse orange on gamedays, he’s listed as a second-string wideout behind junior Sean Riley on the inside. RTB is already expected to rotate in, but could get even more time as Riley already handles SU’s punt and kick returning duties.
How’d he get here?: Many of the typical Northeast programs sent offers. In-state UConn, Boston College, Temple, Army, and others vied for his services, but chose Syracuse in the end.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from ESPN and 247. Two stars from Scout and Rivals. Must’ve been a typo over at Scout and Rivals HQs.
Money quote: Former TNIAAM football beat writer Ari Gilberg chatted with Thompson-Bishop around National Signing Day 2017. Particularly, they touched on another Bloomfield High School alum to attend SU:
“(Dwight Freeney being from the same high school) had a lot to do it, just Dwight being from the area and all... Just the connections my school has with Syracuse and I can just continue that legacy.”
Twitter feed: @RTB__12
Tweets of wonder: Back in high school, Russell Thompson-Bishop showed off some wheels on the track as well as on the football field.
Bloomfield's Russell Thompson-Bishop does it again. Runs 22.37 to win the 200. Takes the 100 & 200 titles at Class M championships. #cttrack— Courant HS Sports (@CTVarsity) May 30, 2017
What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him?: Russell Brand was a rock star named Aldous Snow in the film “Get Him To The Greek,” which featured hijinks with him and Jonah Hill trying to get to a concert.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Russell was born in Jamaica.
Let’s get a good look at ya: A clip from spring camp this year. RTB looking pretty strong.
Syracuse broke out some live 1-on-1s this morning. I'll just roll through the videos I got, starting with Russell Thompson-Bishop driving back Eric Coley. pic.twitter.com/UEsAfclpDh— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) March 29, 2018