The state of North Carolina boasts several division one caliber offensive linemen for the class of 2009 and OT Travis Bond from Bertie High School in Windsor, NC is one of the best. Over the last several weeks he has seen his recruiting take off as several major colleges have joined the list of schools extending a scholarship offer.
This past weekend Bond was on hand for the invitation-only Shrine Bowl combine held at Burlington Williams High School. The 6-6, 330 pound linemen impressed with his strength, size and agility and looked sharp in drills. Bond said he felt like he performed fairly well.
“I think I did pretty good with all the drills,” said Bond. “It actually seemed kind of easy to me because I knew most of it. We didn’t get a chance to go one on one with the defensive linemen. It really wasn’t a lot of action because we didn’t have any pads on so you couldn’t grip them like you want to.”
On the recruiting front, Bond boasted previous offers from NC State, East Carolina, South Carolina and UNC. That list doubled during the spring evaluation period when college coaches were able to visit Bond at his school and see him in person.
“My latest offers are from Virginia Tech, Maryland, Michigan and Wake Forest,” said Bond. “All these offers make me feel good because I’m the first one in my family to be in this position and I just want to make my people happy.”
NC State was the first program to extend an offer and Bond plans to camp at with the Pack this summer.
“NC State has got good tradition,” he said. “Some football players have come out of there and are doing good in the league. I mean, I’m just looking for a team that can help me get an education and help me move on to the next level.”
With several new suitors on board hoping for his commitment, Bond says it’s hard to name any favorites just yet. He plans to ride the recruiting process out for a while before deciding on a future college.
“All of the schools have caught my eye and it’s just hard to make a decision right now,” he said. “When you look back on when you were growing up, you liked this school or that school and it’s confusing me now. You never thought you would be playing somewhere like Michigan or Maryland so I just go with it. My mom loves it. I’m loving it. I’m just having fun.”
Bond is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 34 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.
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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