Ashdown (Ark.) 2018 cornerback LaDarrius Bishop is set to announce his commitment decision Saturday. Arkansas, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State are his finalists.
The 6-foot, 205-pounds Bishop is a 3-star recruit, according to 247Sports composite ratings. He is the No. 5 Natural State prospect in his class.
Here are three things to know about Bishop ahead of his announcement.
UPDATE: Bishop chose the Bulldogs
1. He has close ties to the Razorbacks
Arkansas 2017 safety signee Montaric Brown, also from Ashdown, is Bishop’s cousin. The two are close friends and have expressed a desire to play together again. Brown hasn’t yet arrived on campus in Fayetteville as he’s still working to get academically eligible. That is expected to happen soon.
The Hogs already have two cornerbacks committed in the class. Those number make it unclear if the Razorbacks even have a spot left, especially considering they signed four cornerbacks in the 2017 class.
2. He has outstanding speed
Speed is considered Bishop’s top attribute. Also a standout sprinter in track, he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at a Mississippi State camp earlier this summer. He uses those wheels to his advantage at defensive back, wide receiver and as a kick returner for Ashdown High School.
“He has a different gear,” Ashdown coach Matt Richardson told SEC Country in June. “There’s times we’ll throw the ball up, it looks like it’s overthrown and there’s another gear that kicks in. He’s one of those kind of players that has extra in the tank and they know they can go get it.
“He can go get somebody on defense when he needs to or he can make something big happen on offense when it needs to happen.”
Mississippi State moved Bishop to the top of its list at defense back after his camp performance in Starkville.
3. He is unafraid of the recruiting process
Bishop hasn’t been intimidated by the recruiting process. He had a trial run going through visits and conversations with coaches sitting alongside Brown last year.
“He sat down with [Mississippi State coach Dan] Mullen the other day by himself and he asked him how many DBs he had, what he’s going to do for him outside of football and how he’s going to make me a better person,” Richardson said.
“He’s not scared of recruiting. When we started this stuff with Montaric, it was all new. But he’s gone on these trips before he blew up with Montaric and he watched how it went. Now, it’s his turn and he feels like he knows how to talk to these guys.”
Bishop also once told former Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith “no sitting down in the weight room” while he was in Ashdown evaluating Brown. He’s clearly not intimidated by or enamored with those recruiting him. That’s evidence his decision will likely be an educated one that he truly feels is best for his future, and not something he was persuaded into.