While Jack Britt OT Xavier Nixon has earned a reputation as being one of the state's top offensive line prospects. Bertie (Windsor, NC) standout OT Travis Bond has quietly amassed an impressive offer sheet of his own and looks to be one of North Carolina's top prospects for the class of 2009.
At 6-7, 325 pounds, Bond is a massive offensive tackle that was one of the key ingredients in an impressive 10-4 record and state playoff run for Bertie in 2007. On defense he contributed 25 tackles and two sacks but it was along the offensive line where he was most productive. Bond helped plow a path that led to Bertie amassing better than 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns on the year. That potential has led to serious interest from several division one schools- a fact that makes Bond feel fortunate while motivating him for bigger things in 2008.
"Growing up, I never thought something like this would happen," said Bond. "But I just feel really good about it. Next season I'm really working to try to win player of the year and I want our team to win a state championship. I'm going to try to make it to the all-american bowl. They called me the other day about that."
An all-conference selection as a junior, Bond has picked up early scholarship offers from NC State, UNC, South Carolina and East Carolina. The Wolfpack, in particular, has shown heavy interest and Bond says he has taken notice.
"I like their facilities up there and the academic programs they offer," he said. "I think State was the first school to offer me. I went to the Clemson game last year and I liked the crowd. I like the big games, the big crowds. I just really liked their atmosphere.
"Coach Willis is recruiting me and I like him. He's straight up. He tells you what's important and he gives me a head's up on things. He's a great guy and I like the way he talks to me."
Bond says that he doesn't have any favorites currently and is intent for the time being to simply sit back and evaluate where his recruiting may be headed.
"I don't have any favorites," he said. "I'm just trying to make up my mind for what's best for me and my family. I'm going to try to visit as many schools as I can. I'm going to be at State on the 15th. Right now I'm staying in contact with all of the schools that are recruiting me about the same and all of them send me lots of letter so it really seems like they're all recruiting me about the same."
Bond is currently rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.