"It was kind of hard in the first half because they were really keying on me... playing close," said Bond. "In the second half they kind of backed off with the big lead, but I didn't get many balls my way.
"It's okay though. I had fun up here this week."
A versatile athlete, Bond was one of the premier prospects in the state of North Carolina. As a senior, he was a dominant force on both sides of the ball as well as on special teams. At cornerback, Bond intercepted nine passes, returning three for touchdowns. On offense, where he plays slotback, he scored 16 rushing and two receiving touchdowns. He also added five punt return touchdowns and two kick return scores.
A three-star prospect from Ahoskie (NC) Hertford County, Bond had a terrific week of practice working at wide receiver and handling the return game for the East.
"With the returns, they were kicking away from me," he said. "They kicked it out of bounds everytime on the punts, and he was putting it in the endzone on the kickoffs.
"I'm used to it now. I don't even get mad anymore."
Bond did have one play in the game that he wish he could do over again. Late in the first half with the East trailing 21-0, quarterback Kevin Atkins threw a 27-yard strike to Bond deep in the corner of the endzone. At the last second a West defender got a hand in Bond's sight, and the ball bounced off his shoulder pads incomplete.
"It was kind of a tough play," said Bond. "I saw I was open and then his hand came through. The ball hit the backside of my shoulder pads, and I couldn't get to it. It was a tough play, but I should have made it."
Bond finished the game with two catches for eight yards. Although his stats weren't overly impressive, Bond did a stellar job of blocking on the edge. He tallied four knockdown blocks on the night, including a crunching crackback block that sprung East quarterback Kurtis Campbell's 30-yard touchdown run that started the team's rally.
"Yea, I like to block," said Bond. "I'll do whatever I can to help us win. Blocking is important if you are a wide receiver."
This week has been a great experience for the quiet athlete. He arrived with the rest of the players last Thursday and spent some time bonding with players he considered rivals during the season.
"It's been hot here but fun," he said. "I really enjoyed being around the guys and getting to know them. I really got close to my man Cortez Gilbert. We hung out a lot this week."
Now he has his sights set on arriving in Raleigh. He didn't enroll in the second summer session, but stated he has cleared admissions and will be ready to go in the fall.
"I'm just working out and getting ready for when I go up to State," said Bond. "I'll probably go up on Monday. I just want to do the best that I can when I get up there... help the team however I can.
"I think I can play early. They want me to come in and help with kick returns, punt returns, and at slot receiver."
Although he was regarded as Hertford County's top player, the team returns a lot of talent in 2006, including tight end LaMarcus Jenkins, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell, and quarterback/safety Danny Dembry. All three players are considered Division I prospects, and Bond stated he hopes a couple will follow him to NC State.
"I'm trying to get them to State," Bond said. "Two of them I know are saying they want to come for sure."