Michigan Drops in on Bond

There were a number of big time prospects at last weekend's Under Armour/Scout.com combine in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the most physically imposing youngster was clearly Windsor (NC) Bertie OT Travis Bond. Standing 6-7, 323-pounds he put on athletic display that impressed everyone in attendance.

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 “I did pretty good,” Bond said regarding his combine performance.  “I had a good forty time and a good vertical.  My forty was 5.28 (seconds) and my vertical was a 29.5 (inches).  We didn’t do 1-on-1s, so I was kind of upset.  If we would’ve, somebody would have got mashed because that is what I like to do.  I’m a good rush blocker, my pass set pretty good, and I don’t let my quarterback get touched.”

South Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, and North Carolina have already extended offers.  In recent weeks even more programs have started to show strong interest.

“I’m hearing from a lot of schools,” Bond reported.  “Right now I like NC State, Carolina, ECU, South Carolina, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and Clemson. I don’t have a favorite (out of the aforementioned schools).  My favorite school hasn’t even sent me anything yet.  Florida… they ain’t sent me nothing.”

One school that has sent correspondences is Michigan.  Assistant Fred Jackson dropped by Bond’s school Tuesday to chat with the youngster’s coach.  Jackson left a message for the big lineman indicating just how the Maize & Blue felt about him.

Recalled Bond, “he said I’m a good athlete, my grades are good, and he said I could definitely help the program.”

Michigan’s profile was elevated a notch by the visit, and it also received a recent assist from the NFL draft.

Jake Long was picked first,” Bond said.  “I was kind of shocked.  I ain’t ever seen an offense lineman go first.  I saw that and said, ‘wow, that could be me one day.’”

With Bond considering Michigan more and more of a possibility, an obvious question to ask is whether distance is going to be a factor in his decision.

“That ain’t no problem because my momma knows that it’s about what I want to do,” Bond explained.  “She really isn’t stepping in because she knows it is my future.  She just let things ride.  I’m going to try to make it up to Michigan for a visit.”

 “Education is my main factor,” Bond continued, describing his decision criteria.  “I want to go to the NFL.  I want to experience that.  I want to play there for a couple of years.  That is another factor, like who have they sent to the NFL, stuff like that.”

For now, Bond is content to survey his list of suitors, but he won’t hesitate to pull the trigger if he becomes sold on a school.

“I don’t have a timeline,” Bond said regarding when he will make a decision.  “I mean, when (the decision) comes, it will come.  It could be tomorrow.  It could be next year sometime.  We’ll just have to see.”

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