Bond Furthers Relationship with Pittman

Most of the prospects that attended North Carolina's One-Day Camp over the weekend participated with the intentions of earning a UNC scholarship offer. Not Travis Bond. The 6-foot-7, 323-pound offensive tackle from Windsor (N.C.) Bertie County has possessed a Tar Heel offer since the spring.

"I just like to learn stuff [about playing offensive line]," Bond said. "I participated to show that I'm a hard worker."

Bond, who arrived on campus Friday afternoon with the rest of the campers, worked out exclusively under the guidance of Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach. He says the experience "was great."

"He taught me a lot of stuff," Bond said. "I go to other camps and they teach me good stuff, but he taught me stuff I can use like taking on defenders. I learned how to take on pass defenders, how to keep them in front of me and keep my shoulders square to the line."

Throughout the camp, Bond faced stiff competition during one-on-one battles with the defensive linemen, which included Seyi Adebayo (DE, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy College Prep), Gabe King (Greensboro (N.C.) Page), and Dearco Nolan (DL, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake).

"It was a lot of fun, but it doesn't mean anything to me," Bond said. "It only matters when you line up on the field in front of your opponent [during a game]."

Outside of the camp sessions, Bond bonded with the coaching staff.

"I got to know the coaches a little bit better," Bond said. "I love Coach Pittman as a friend and as a coach. He's a great guy."

While most of the campers headed to Kenan Stadium for the final session of the camp Saturday afternoon, Pittman escorted Bond to a one-on-one meeting with Butch Davis.

"We talked for 15 minutes," Bond said. "[We discussed] my opportunity at the school and just trying to make me feel at home. We talked about how he's going to make sure I get my education [if I go to UNC]."

UNC left yet another strong impression on Bond, who attended the three-day camp last summer and the junior day in the spring.

"I like the school overall," Bond said. "They made me feel like family this weekend."

Regardless, Bond continues to remain mum regarding favorites.

"I'm just enjoying this whole process right now," Bond said. "I really can't answer [who my favorites are]. All the schools that are showing me love I just let it go from there."

Furthermore, Bond isn't sure when or if he'll establish a list of favorites or when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"I don't know right now," Bond said. "I don't know yet, but it will probably be like the end of the season in December or January or something like that."

Bond has been offered a scholarship by East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan, UNC, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

He has also camped at East Carolina, and plans on making an unofficial visit to NC State over the summer.

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