Signee Update: Travis Bond

North Carolina signee Travis Bond has high expectations for the Tar Heels during his career.

"First thing we all talk about is a national championship," Bond said. "I'm preparing to win a national championship and [I'll] see how things go from there. I think we'll have a real good season next year – we return most of our starters on defense and we have a lot of offensive players coming back, including Shaun [Draughn]."

The UNC coaching staff expects Bond, a 6-foot-7, 323-pounder from Windsor (N.C.) Bertie, to immediately compete for playing time at left tackle, which could allow him to help fulfill his lofty expectations.

"Basically, it's all up to me – how I come in and show them what I can do," Bond said. "So it's like a 50-50 chance [that I'll play early] depending on how hard I motivate myself."

Typically, true freshmen offensive linemen red-shirt – especially at UNC under offensive line coach Sam Pittman.

"I've never been a big fan of a red-shirt," Bond said. "The way I see it, if you can play, you should play. It shouldn't matter how old you are or what year you are, if you can play, you should be out there playing."

Bond communicates with both Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, and Ken Browning, his primary recruiter. He speaks to at least one of them every week.

"They're talking about how things are going to be when I get there and telling me they're going to take care of me when I'm in college," Bond said.

Bond says he will wear No. 76 this fall. He originally wanted No. 71, his high school number, but Carl Gaskins currently sports that jersey.

"I wore No. 76 a little while in high school because somebody took my [away] jersey during my junior year," Bond said. "[My jersey number] really doesn't matter to me."

Regarding his academic qualification status, Bond is on the bubble.

"Close, it's real close," Bond said of qualifying. "I'm just waiting for a couple of things to come through."

Bond is taking two core classes this semester – both are honors courses. The final grade in both those classes will go a long way to determining his qualifying status.

As a precaution, Bond will retake the SAT on June 6.

Following a tough senior football season that ended with a 5-7 record, Bond helped lead Bertie's basketball team to the fourth round of the NCHSAA 3A playoffs and a 22-5 record.

"It could have been better," Bond said. "[We] got let down in the playoffs in the fourth round."

While playing both center and forward, Bond averaged 5.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per-game, on the season. However, during the playoffs those numbers escalated to 9.8 points and seven rebounds.

Since the end of the basketball season, Bond's focus has been the weight room. His workout includes some of his high school's routine and some of the plan put together by Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach.

Browning has asked Bond to arrive on campus at 310 pounds.

"They're going to build the rest of it into muscle when I get there," Bond said.

Bond said he lost weight during the basketball season, and isn't sure what he currently weighs, but estimates he's on target to meet the UNC staff's expectation.

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