UNC Eyes Texas QB

Quarterback will be a position of major emphasis while John Bunting and his coaching staff are out recruiting for the next few weeks. Colleyville (Texas) Heritage quarterback Christian Ponder has spent much of his spring traveling around to college campuses in search of a perfect fit, including a recent visit to Chapel Hill.

"It was really a nice campus and area," he said. "I enjoyed spending time talking to Coach Bunting and Coach [Hal] Hunter."

Ponder has plenty of offers to choose from so far, including from North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Baylor, Texas Christian, Iowa State, Arizona, and another offer is on the way from Colorado State.

Ponder is trying to visit as many schools as possible as his time may be limited for recruiting.

"I plan to graduate early, in December. I should make my decision sometime in September or October," he said.

Ponder has good football bloodlines as his father David played defensive lineman for Florida State. His father grew up in Cairo, Georgia. Christian lived in Tampa, Florida until he moved with his family to Texas.

"Growing up and playing high school football in Texas is something," Ponder said. "The movie ‘Friday Night Lights' is pretty accurate as to how popular high school football is around here."

Ponder is looking to major in business in college. "I'm looking for a great atmosphere in choosing a school. I want to go to a place that has good academics and good tradition. I also want to be able to connect with the coaching staff and also have an opportunity to play early.

"Distance will not be a factor in my decision. I plan on attending some camps this summer at maybe Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Alabama, Miami, and Florida State."

Ponder said he is currently wide open to the all the schools that are recruiting him.

When he is not playing football or doing schoolwork, Ponder likes to fish, play video games, and also runs a little track in the offseason.

Christian Ponder
Height: 6-2 ¼
Weight: 207
40: 4.72
Yards Passing '04: Approx 1500
TDs: 8

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