Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Lea, Lezynski Impress 2021 Rover Cole Bishop

February 2, 2020

2021 Starrs Mill (Ga.) safety Cole Bishop‍ returned to Notre Dame on Saturday for a more in-depth look at the program. 

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder camped at Notre Dame over the summer and once again had a good time in South Bend. 

"I really liked it," stated Bishop. "The facilities are really nice. When I was here in the summer, one of the indoor facilities wasn't done and I saw that today. It was awesome." 

The Georgia native was able to spend some quality time around two defensive coaches, who explained how they saw him potentially fitting into the Irish defense. 

"Coach (Clark) Lea, the defensive coordinator, and Coach (Nick) Lezynski,” said Bishop of who he was able to speak with on the visit. “They see me as a rover, so a safety, linebacker hybrid. I like that. I like safety and linebacker, so that kind of gives you a combination of both in coverage and coming down and playing the run."

The rover projection isn't a huge surprise as he's projected to play at different spots from multiple schools. 

"Different schools have offered me as different things," said Bishop. "Duke, I got offered a linebacker but Georgia Tech as a safety." 

Lea, as usual, connected and impressed Bishop throughout the visit.

"I think he seems very intelligent and knows what he's talking about," explained Bishop. "He doesn't seem to make you do random drills to pass the time. He's only going to have you do stuff that translates to the game." 

Lezynski is a name that keeps popping up and he's developed a good relationship with the Starrs Mill star.

"He's pretty smart and we've spoken on the phone a few times," Bishop stated. "He has a great personality and we get along." 

Bishop doesn't have any other visits planned, but he would love to return to Notre Dame in the near future. 

"I know they have the summer camps since I went last year, so I might go to one of those," Bishop noted. "Hopefully, I can get an invite back in the spring." 

When it comes to an offer, Notre Dame didn't join the likes of Appalachian State, Boston College, Buffalo, Duke, Georgia Tech, Liberty, Samford and Virginia. However, Bishop is still a name to keep an eye on moving forward.

"They said that they have a longer recruiting process than those people," said Bishop. "I'm really not going to know how, when or if I will be offered until later in the year.

"I'd be very excited. My family and I really like it here. My dad grew up watching them and it'd be really awesome." 

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