3-star CB LaDarrius Bishop spurns in-state Arkansas, commits to Mississippi State

LaDarrius Bishop

At least as things stand now, three-star cornerback LaDarrius Bishop won’t be playing his college football in his home state of Arkansas.

Bishop announced Saturday afternoon at a ceremony that he has committed to Mississippi State. He attends Ashdown (Ark.) High, located in the southwest corner of the state near the Texas and Oklahoma state borders.

Bishop also made his announcement on Twitter, where he shared what apparently was the transcript of the speech he made before ending it with his decision.

“Good afternoon and thank you for coming,” Bishop said. “First off, I would like to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ for blessing me with this opportunity. Secondly, I would like to thank my family. My mom Courtney French and my dad Lance Bishop for bringing me into this world and my uncle Nick Bishop and Aunt Shon Bishop for raising me to be the young man I am today.

“To my brother and two sisters and my many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, nieces and nephews, thank you for impacting my life. To the city of Ashdown and all 4,723 residents, thank you for the support. To my current and former teammates, thank you for pushing me and making me a better football player. To the coaching staffs in both football and track and especiall Coach Rich and Coach Turner, thank you.

“Now when I began this recruiting journey I had three priorities. One, play in the Big 12 or SEC. Two, Attend a university where I could receive a great education. Three) Play for a football program with a great coach.

“I quickly discovered that all of these universities covered my priorities. Coach (Mike) Gundy, Coach (Bret) Bielema, and Coach (Dan) Mullen are all great people and great coaches and each school is a top academic university. So, at that point I had to add a fourth priority.

“Four, which football program had the defensive coordinator and defensive back coach that I could relate to the most and I felt could get me to the next level. So, after considering my fourth priority I have made my decision and the university I will be continuing my education and football career at will be Mississippi State. Hail State.”

The 6-foot, 180-pound Bishop picked the Razorbacks over finalists Arkansas and Oklahoma State. He announced ahead of time that his commitment would take place Saturday afternoon.

Bishop also holds offers from Arkansas State, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis and Purdue.

Offensive line coach and running game coordinator John Hevesy is Bishop’s primary recruiter for Mississippi State.

Bishop is ranked by 247Sports Composite as a top-80 cornerback and top-five overall prospect in Arkansas.

With his commitment, Mississippi State in now up to 16 commitments in its 2018 recruiting class. The Bulldogs already have one other cornerback commitment in the class in three-star prospect Esaias Furdge.

Mississippi State also has two three-star safety commitments from Shawn Preston and Tyrese Ross, both of whom committed on July 7.

With Bishop included, Mississippi State’s 2018 recruiting class is ranked No. 23 in the nation and No. 5 in the SEC.

(You can follow Kevin Connell on Twitter @_KevinConnell)

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