Shrine Bowl: Travis Bond Spotlight

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- Despite going up against the best the state of North Carolina has to offer, Travis Bond has been bullying his opposition during the Shrine Bowl practices this week.

"The way I see it, if you're in my way, I'm going to run over you like a bulldozer over a play toy," Bond said. "It's football; you've got to be physical, you've got to be tough. You've got to have the mindset that you're going to be a dominant player no matter where you're at."

His dominant play, Bond believes, has earned the 6-foot-7, 323-pounder a starting role in Saturday's game.

"The coaches said they haven't made their mind up," Bond said. "But the way things look, it looks like I'm going to be starting at left tackle."

At Windsor (N.C.) Bertie, left tackle is Bond's primary position. However, he has plenty of experience playing other positions on the line.

"It's good that they kept me at my usual spot," Bond said. "But I can play the whole line. I just haven't played center in a game, but I have played guard in a game a couple of times. I'm a versatile offensive lineman."

Being selected in the Shrine Bowl has provided Bond will plenty of competition in practice. "It's good to compare myself and see where I stand in both states among the athletes," Bond said.

Off the field, Bond, who is one of the more highly-rated undecided prospects, is the subject of a friendly recruiting war between his teammates who have already made a verbal commitment.

"We'll be on the bus and people will be joking like ‘Oh, he's coming to ECU,' ‘No he's coming to [N.C.] State,' ‘No, he's coming to [North] Carolina,'" Bond said. "I just sit down, smile, and just don't even worry about it."

Bond has narrowed down his list of choices, which has limited the amount of recruiting pitches to four schools.

Before arriving in Spartanburg, Bond narrowed it down to East Carolina, Michigan, UNC, and NC State.

"All the coaches [at those schools] they feel like a father figure for me than just a coach," Bond said. "The coaches have good character [and] they've been straight up with me. And then the players from each team seem most at home.

"It's just down to me now to figure what school is going to give me the best education [and] the best benefits after football."

Bond has already taken official visits to Michigan and NC State. During the weekend of January 9, he will officially visit East Carolina. On the following weekend, Bond will take an official visit to UNC.

Bond has made several unofficial visits to UNC – more than any other school. During his official visit, he's going to be focused more on the student life of the players.

"I want to get more with the players," Bond said. "And [I want to] see how the coaches are from a player's standpoint. During all the visits, the players have told me how the coaches are from a player's standpoint – on field [and] off field."

Shortly after completely his UNC official visit, Bond, who doesn't have a leader, says he will make a verbal commitment.

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