DE sees great opportunity at Miami

Devante Bond committed to the Hurricanes last week and he says why he sees such a great opportunity at Miami.

Devante Bond was first offered by Miami last month. At first, he didn't know much about the school.

"I had been talking to a lot of other schools and then Miami came along," Bond said. "I wasn't sure about it at first. Then I started getting to know Coach Franklin. He would tell me all about the school and everything. Then after they offered me I decided to take a visit."

The visit was impressive enough to convince Bond that Miami's where he wanted to be.

"I chose Miami because it felt like the right decision for me. I loved the coaches, players, atmosphere, and just the area in general when I was down on my visit."

Bond, 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, is coming in as a pass-rushing specialist to a defense that severely lacked a pass rush in 2012.

"I feel like they are giving me a good opportunity to come in and make an impact right away and to help the team get to where we all want to be," he said. "The coaches say that if I work hard that I can come in and make an impact. That's what I plan on doing."

Following his Miami visit, Bond still had a few others lined up. However, within a week it was over for those other schools.

"I cancelled my visit to West Virginia, and was going to go visit Nebraska but didn't do that either," he said. "After I visited Miami I came home and sat on it for about a week until I finally decided that was the place for me. Coach Franklin and Coach Golden came out to my house a few days after my visit and spoke with my mom and me again and I knew I wanted to go there. So my commitment is totally solid."

Bond is widely considered one of the nation's premier Junior College pass rushing prospects this year. He finished this past season with 26 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.

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