Bond Impresses at Under Armour Combine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As the Under Armour Combine came to a close, Windsor (NC) Bertie offensive tackle Travis Bond could barely get off the field as various reporters approached him looking to secure an interview.

Physically and athletically, Travis Bond catches your attention right away. Measuring in at 6-foot-7 and 323 pounds, Bond was arguably the biggest prospect in attendance, but he flashed surprising athleticism and quickness. Ripping off a 5.28-second 40-yard dash, he also recorded a 5.19-second 20-yard shuttle, 7-foot-3 broad jump, and a 8.55-second L-cone.

However, it was Bond's work during position drills where his mobility stood out.

"I thought I did good," Bond said after the event. "I've played basketball for a while so that probably helps with my footwork and being able to move like I do.

"I wanted to do some one-on-ones today, but we couldn't. That was what I was looking forward to."

With the event being hosted by the Carolina Panthers, the NFL team didn't allow offensive and defensive linemen to square off for insurance reasons. However, Bond was still able to show why he is considered a top-10 prospect in the state of North Carolina and already holds several offers.

North Carolina, East Carolina, South Carolina, and NC State have already offered Bond a scholarship. He's tucked away in the eastern part of the state and a lot of programs have yet to really evaluate him but that will change with the evaluation period underway.

The first school to offer Bond was NC State.

"My first offer came from [NC] State," he stated. "I think it came in January. I was happy about it, but I didn't really think it was too early because I knew State was going to offer me. I knew they liked me a lot because I went up for a game last year... the game against Clemson."

Bond plans on camping at East Carolina, NC State, and North Carolina. Because of his size and massive wingspan, all of the programs are recruiting him as an offensive tackle, but one has mentioned potentially playing another position.

"Most schools are recruiting me for offensive tackle," said Bond. "But NC State mentioned I might could play some defensive tackle. I've played that some in high school. I just want to be where I can help my team win."

Here are his thoughts on some of the programs currently under consideration.

South Carolina: "They sent me some papers talking about their coach's background. I know they have a good education. I like the school overall."

East Carolina: "I like ECU's facilities. I know some people that attend ECU, and they say it's a good school."

North Carolina: "I like the education part. They have a lot of stuff to offer, and I like how the school is. There's a lot of history for people making it to the pro level."

NC State: "It's a nice place. I love how they have a nice Biology program. State is close to home, and they have some awesome facilities. Plus, I like their coaches."

Not in a rush to make a decision, Bond has no timetable in mind and enjoys the recruiting process.

"I have the SAT coming up, and I'll go from there," he stated. "I like all the coaches and colleges that recruit me. They are all nice guys, and I call them sometimes. I try to keep a close relationship with all of them so when the time comes I know they are with me all the way.

"I'm just going to wait things out. It could be tomorrow when I know where I'm going or it could be next year sometime. I really don't know. It's just going to be when I have that feeling."

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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