Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cato-Bishop is Pack's sleeper

One of the most intriguing players who’s expected to sign with N.C. State on Wednesday may be defensive end Darryl Cato-Bishop of Lawrence Academy in Dorchester, Mass.

Cato-Bishop is a 6-foot-3, 238-pound defensive end rated as the fifth-best player in Massachusetts, a state that doesn’t produce a lot of high-caliber college talent. His football experience is limited because he was known more as a basketball player early in his high school career.

“Athletically, he’s 6-3, 240 pounds, runs a 4.6 and has great lateral movement,” said rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell. “The big question about him is, can he play physical enough? Because he’s not a physical kid right now. He’s got that basketball mentality, so he’s more of a finesse guy than he is a physical football player. But as far as athleticism, you can’t teach that. And he could be a home run if he picks it up intensity wise.” - Ken Tysiac