Bond on Verge of Commitment

With his final official visit behind him – this weekend's trip to North Carolina – Travis Bond is now prepared to make his collegiate decision.

"I'm committing tomorrow," Bond said. "I'm going to let everyone know where I'm going tomorrow. I know where I'm going; I'm just going to make it public tomorrow."

Bond, a 6-foot-7, 323-pound offensive tackle from Windsor (N.C.) Bertie, has also officially visited East Carolina, Michigan, and NC State.

Heading into the weekend, Bond publicly didn't claim a leader and said all four schools were equal in his mind.

"[My decision] was already a predestined thing," Bond said. "I kind of figured it out early on. We'll see how things turn out tomorrow. I think I'll make a lot of people happy.

"I sort of knew where I was going early on, but I needed to go through the process and take my visits to be sure."

Bond arrived in Chapel Hill late Friday night after helping Bertie defeat Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County in basketball. Bond was hosted by former Herford County star Tydreke Powell, who is now a freshman defensive tackle for UNC.

"It wasn't something I could brag about, because when [Powell] was there, he beat me every time," Bond said. "We talked about the ins and outs of the transition from high school to college, and how the coaches are, and the academics are – all that kind of stuff."

Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, served virtually as Bond's other host. Bond says he spent much of his visit hanging out with Pittman.

"We were just talking and laughing," Bond said. "We talked about school, football, academics – all kinds of stuff."

Pittman informed Bond that he projects Bond as a left tackle and believes he could see the field "early."

"He said it all depends on me on how hard I work," Bond said. "They're looking for me to play early because I learn fast, I'm a good athlete, [and] I got the right grades."

On Saturday night, Bond, an admitted huge UNC basketball fan, attended his first Tar Heel basketball game.

"It was just unbelievable to just get to see the jersey hanging up from the walls, just to see Tyler Hansbrough play, [and] just to get to see a good win over Miami," Bond said.

Bond finished his official stay Sunday morning by meeting with Butch Davis.

"He just talked about how I'll fit in, how I'll make this class a better class, how we can become national championship contenders," Bond said.

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