Top VA QB Eyeing Clemson

6'2, 230 pound quarterback Ryan Pond is looking to play both ways at the college level. And we don't mean both offense and defense. Instead, the elite quarterback with 4.8 speed from Chesapeake is planning to play both baseball and football at the college level.

"I'm trying to find a school that will let me play both sports, football and baseball, and a lot of them said that I could," Pond said Tuesday night.

"Virginia Tech, Clemson, Virginia, Maryland, Notre Dame, and East Carolina all said I could do both. Actually, so did Florida and Auburn." Pond told VTI that he didn't have a favorite at this time.

Pond, who calls himself a dropback passer, may have the best arm in the state of Virginia in the class of 2004. With that arm, he threw for over 2100 passing and 26 touchdowns as a junior. For the season, Pond completed 118-214 passes.

We asked the junior gunslinger to comment on the in-state schools.

"Well, Virginia has the high academic standards and that's a big important thing for me," Pond said. "I've got a good GPA and academics are very important. And Tech is a big-time football school. They've done really well lately."

Although Pond has no offers at this point, they are sure to come if he does decide to play football at the next level as well. Unfortunately, he will not be able to showcase many of his talents to college coaches this summer, however.

"I don't plan on too many camps," Pond said. "I'm going to a few baseball camps but probably not many football ones. I might go to the NIKE camp at Blacksburg."

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