Name: Travis Bond
Hometown: Windsor, North Carolina
High School: Bertie High School
Position: Left Tackle
Notes: While Jack Britt's Xavier Nixon has earned a reputation as being one of the state's top offensive line prospects, Bertie (Windsor, NC) standout 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 and 330 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.
Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Bond is regarded as the No. 32 offensive tackle prospect in the country and a top-10 player in the state of North Carolina.
Scouting Report: "At 6-7, 330 pounds, Bond is one of North Carolina's most intimidating prospects. Hulking over opposing defensive linemen, he is able to dominate at the point of attack routinely. He gets a good kick-start at the snap and does a tremendous job of using his hands.
"Bond is able to latch onto defenders and consistently drive them out of the play. He also displays the willingness, not only to engage the defender initially, but stay with him throughout the play while making the defender appear helpless in getting out of Bond's block.
"Because of his size, Bond isn't the fleetest of foot but he does move well enough and shows the ability to get out in space at times and make plays. He's obviously much more effective in the running game at this point where he can you take advantage of his size and power. Bond will need to refine his pass protection skills but that will come with experience and coaching." - Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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