'09 Premier Prospect: OL Travis Bond

Pack Pride continues it's look at some of NC State's top prospects for the class of 2009. Today we profile offensive tackle Travis Bond.

OL Travis Bond

6-7, 325 pounds

Bertie High School, Windsor, NC

Junior Stats: Although projecting as an offensive tackle in college, Bond collected 25 tackles and two sacks while doubling as a defensive end in 2007. He finished the year with all-conference honors.

Ranking: Bond is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 32 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.

The early word: Bond is a massive offensive line prospect who will likely see his offer count grow quite a bit once the evaluation period begins later this month. With his long frame and arms, Bond is able to dominate opposing defensive linemen and is generally considered to be the number two offensive lineman in North Carolina behind Jack Britt standout Xavier Nixon.

Scholarship offers: NC State, UNC, East Carolina, South Carolina

Top Schools: Bond has shied away from naming any favorite’s thus far.

Timeline for a decision: It would appear that Bond is a prospect that may wait until later in the year or early next year before making a decision. However, as he continue to make visits over the coming months, an earlier decision can’t be ruled out.

Interesting side-note: Bond attended NC State for the Clemson game last year and while that may not seem like a positive on the surface, that visit seemed to have made an early favorable impression for NC State.

NC State recruiting coach: NC State defensive line coach Keith Willis

NC State connections: The Wolfpack has been involved with Bond going back to the Chuck Amato regime and was the first school to offer a scholarship. The current coaching staff has stayed after Bond heavily and we feel State is a major player as things stand right now.

Behind the scenes: Some have quietly hinted that State may be the team to beat but that’s been impossible to verify. Bond’s high school coach is a former UNC player and the Heels will almost surely be a major player. The reality is that it may be some time before any real favorites begin to emerge publically.

Wolfpack Visits: Bond has visited NC State several times but most recently was on hand for the Wolfpack’s junior day. Although a future visit has not been set, it is likely that Bond will be back on campus in the coming months.

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