BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY ANDY COLLIGNON
A bit of a late-season shakeup has transitioned a former Bruin to be an Eagle.
Former Brentwood High School wide receiver Chayce Bishop has officially transferred to Independence High School and will complete his season there, per Eagles head coach Scott Blade.
Bishop join an Independence offense that boasts Purdue commit T.J. Sheffield and dangerous second option Isaiah Collier, with the quarterback position stocked with current starter Ethan Cash and Idaho commit Nathan Cisco.
The new Eagles wideout, a junior three-star recruit with offers from Vanderbilt and Northwestern per 24/7 Sports, had been one of Brentwood’s starting receivers alongside college prospects Avery Williams and Walker Merrill.
With Sheffield and Collier both seniors, the move will position Bishop to be the team’s leading receiver going into the 2019 season.
“That was kind of exciting,” Blade said of hearing of Bishop’s transfer. “[The Bishop family] moved into our zone, if you will, and you only have to have three days of practice, so we did that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday [of the week of his transfer].
“We applied for eligibility, and he’s fully eligible.”
Blade says he’s been trying to get Bishop accustomed to Indy’s system in a shortened week, particularly with the route tree, concepts and play calls the offense utilizes.
Bishop played his last game as a Bruin against Father Ryan on Oct. 5, where he had two catches for 31 yards and a touchdown.
His first action with Independence came Thursday night in the team’s 51-o win over Memphis East, where he had two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing) and 35 yards receiving.
The Eagles coach said he is very optimistic about having Bishop join the fold and looks forward to getting him involved into the team’s already-prolific passing attack.
“He’s a terrific athlete, and a terrific kid, and he’s going to fit in just fine,” Blade said.