TEXARKANA, Ark. — Imagine being one of the top high school baseball players in the country for your age, committed to the University of Arkansas for the past few years and you still haven't went to senior prom yet.
That's Arkansas High senior outfielder and quarterback Braylon Bishop.
"Well, it feels good that I've accomplished a few things," Bishop said. "Honestly, I feel like I haven't done enough. In my mind, I really haven't done anything but I have. I'm going to stay the same throughout everything."
At quarterback, Bishop led the Hogs on the gridiron to a 7-4 overall record, 5-2 conference record and a second round playoff berth.
"Football is fun to me," Bishop said. "I really like playing and I like the competitive nature it brings. I also like the pressure that football brings."
Bishop's parents, Nick and LaShon, have played a vital role in his development on and off the field.
"My family has played a big role in my competitiveness," Bishop said. "I don't like to lose. My brother is 4-5 years older than me, so of course they're going to be better than me. I grew up playing against Jaden Hill, Montaric Brown and Ladarrius Bishop. They were better than me but I eventually caught up.
"Growing up playing with those guys helped me a lot. It made a lot better when I would play people my age. I'm used to playing faster, stronger guys that are older. It gave me an advantage. I's not hard to do the right thing. I also don't put myself in situations for bad things to happen. That's just how my parents raised us."
Bishop was also tabbed as one of Maxpreps Top 100 athletes in 2020.
Bishop was beginning to lead Arkansas High's baseball squad towards a postseason run when COVID-19 stopped all play but has transitioned his focus to the Hogs football season.
"Things were starting to click for us in baseball," Bishop said. "I hate that things were cut short but I have one more year. Hopefully, I'll be able to play a little bit this summer to make up for some lost time.
"In football, we're focused on getting better everyday. We plan to make the playoffs and see what happens after that."
The Hogs open the season August 28, hosting Paris for a non-conference season opener at Razorback Stadium.