Practice Tour: Travis Bond

WINDSOR, N.C. --- Travis Bond will once again be the focal point of Bertie County's power offense as he anchors the Falcons' strength – the offensive line.

"Travis is 6-8, 330 [pounds] – that's all that needs to be said," Bertie County's head coach Tony Hoggard said. "Everybody knows that our offense is predominately left-handed. We do run options [and] we will run some counter treys with him. All-in-all, the right side is just as good as the left, but we know when we need the yardage we know where we're going."

Bond will be a four-year starter at left tackle and therefore accustomed to consistently blocking at the point-of-attack.

"Ever since I've been playing my side has always been the power side," Bond said.

For the third consecutive season, Bond will also start on defense.

"I work – I don't take plays off – I work the whole time," Bond said. "If I feel like I can't go 100-percent, I'll wave my hand and coach will get somebody in there that will get the job done. But I love to be out there and get as many snaps as I can. I just love the game of football."

Bertie runs a ‘60 Defense,' which calls for six linemen: two stand-up ends and four down lineman. Bond is one of the end down linemen – referred to as a tackle in the scheme.

"His job is to stop the run on that side and wreak as much havoc as possible," Hoggard said.

With all of his experience on both sides of the ball and his senior classification, Bond happily takes on the role as coach-on-the-field. Throughout practice he is very vocal and regularly takes underclassmen to the side to provide tips.

"I've got to be a leader and push everybody out here including myself," Bond said. "I take some of my time and give to the other players out here."

After dropping the first three games in 2007, Bertie went on a 10-game winning streak and easily won its conference. However, the team was defeated 21-6 in the quarterfinals by eventual NCHSAA 3AA State Champion Western Alamance.

"We're going to be good [this season]," Bond said. "Teams better watch out. People think we're going to drop from last year, but it isn't any different -- we're back."


Bond has begun to mull over his official visit schedule. He has already scheduled his first official trip: Michigan on October 25 versus Michigan State.

"I can go to [North] Carolina and the other in-state schools at any time," Bond said. "I'm thinking about going to Maryland [for an official visit]. I'm going to try to take an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech. I'm going to go to Carolina and [NC] State and check up on them."

Although they have yet to officially extend a scholarship offer, Bond is also considering scheduling an official visit to UCLA.

"They sent me some letters the other day," Bond said. "I was kind of shocked – that's way out west. They said I'm one of the top prospects on their list."

While recruiting has slowed down for most prospects, interest continues to pick up for Bond as word continues to spread.

"My cell phone blows up daily – from Michigan to Miami," Hoggard said. "‘Coach, what does he want to do,' ‘How is the big guy doing,' ‘We really would like to have him in our program' – things of that nature. He's definitely a hot commodity."

The in-state schools, though, are recruiting Bond the hardest.

"East Carolina, NC State, and my alma mater [UNC] -- they call me the most," Hoggard said. "It's about a dead lock between those three schools. They're pretty much trying to keep him home."

Bond says he hasn't begun to narrow his list of choices down and doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"Whatever comes out there that I like, I'm going to go from there," Bond said. "I'm not worrying about the ride -- in-state or out-of-state -- and I can get playing time anywhere."

Bond says he will focus on what each school has to offer education-wise and his relationship with the coaching staff.

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