The Syracuse football staff has been hitting that trail hard this summer, and things are showing few signs of slowing down. Today the Orange landed another potential wideout in speedy Connecticut athlete Russell Thompson-Bishop.
— Russell Thompson® (@RTB__1) July 22, 2016
Thompson-Bishop is a versatile athlete who could play a number of positions, including receiver or in the secondary. The 6-foot-2, 195 pound native of Bloomfield chose Syracuse over offers from the likes of Boston College, UConn, and Temple, in addition to programs like Army, Navy, and Harvard.
Last season, Thompson-Bishop – who also excels as a sprinter in track and field and has reportedly run as low as 4.38 in the 40 according to his HUDL page – caught 41 passes for 728 yards with 11 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. Interestingly, he also punted for Bloomfield, averaging a very respectable 40.6 yards per punt on 27 kicks.
Thompson-Bishop clearly has good size and shows a nice ability to break arm tackles after the catch, and flashes very good breakaway speed. He also shows very good body control, and tracks the ball well in the air. He’s a sensational athlete, who excels in track and field, and has the potential to develop into an outstanding target in the Dino Babers offense down the road.