JUCO LB with WSU offer eyes Palouse visit

THERE HASN'T BEEN a lot written about him this recruiting season. But he's a physical 6-3, 230-pound junior college outside linebacker with 17 sacks this season, and holds a WSU offer in his back pocket plus a number of others. He tells CF.C the Cougs are high on his list and an official visit to Pullman is coming soon.

Sierra's Devante Bond is from the same junior college as Vince Mayle (recently classified as a soft verbal to WSU.) Bond has been in contact with the Washington State staff since the May Evaluation period. After he sent his film to the coaches in the spring, he said he talked with area recruiter and offensive line coach Clay McGuire with a scholarship offer being extended.

Bond said he and McGuire have continued to keep in close communication.

"I talked with Coach McGuire and he told me that the coaches think I can really help the program," Bond said. "I talked to him last week and he said he was impressed with the film I have this year and that they think I can make an immediate impact for the defense next year."

Through 10 games this season, Bond has been a force, with 74 tackles (26 for loss), 17 sacks and three forced fumbles. With a 4.65 40-yard dash time, Bond has a tendency to fly past potential blockers and get his body on the ball consistently.

"The Washington State coaches like how I rush the passer and how I never quit on a play," Bond said. "They love how I get into the backfield and really use my motor."

Because of his physical style of play, McGuire told Bond that he could make a push for playing time in 2013.

"That sticks out to me about the Cougars," Bond said about seeing the field in 2013. "With Washington State, the staff is bringing up the program and they are going to turn things around. I've been focusing on my season, but I still want to learn more about them and hope to visit them before the end of the year." In addition to WSU, Bond holds offers from Kentucky, Fresno State, UNLV and Utah State. He is also receiving increased interest from Miami, Maryland and West Virginia (Dec. 1 visit). Bond said he is also planning on visiting WSU and Miami for sure (no dates set) and possibly Maryland as well. "I'm working on setting up a visit to Washington State with Coach McGuire right now," Bond said. "I'm trying to schedule that soon, but I have to wait and see when I'll be taking all my visits. I'm still trying to figure out all the dates, but I do want to visit them." Bond said he will take the visit to Morgantown in a little over two weeks with Mayle. Bond said he's talked to Mayle about WSU and although he said it adds to his interest in WSU, it won't be the deciding factor in him picking a school. "It'd be nice to go somewhere with someone you know, but it all comes down finding the best fit for me," Bond said. "What might be the best fit for him, might not be for me. I want to have a great feel for a school that has good academics and where I could play right away." Bond, who graduated in 2011 from Foothill High in California, said he is in no rush to make a college decision and will likely make his decision around Signing Day in February. He will graduate from Sierra in May. Devante Bond freshman year highlights:

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