Bond with Offers on the Table

The eastern part of North Carolina continues its record breaking year for producing division I-A recruits. Currently five eastern North Carolinians claim scholarship offers, with a handful on the verge of being tendered.

The newest discovery is LaMarcus Bond, a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder from Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County High School.

"In talking to LaMarcus, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, and East Carolina have definitely offered," said Hertford head coach Greg Watford. "He's getting a lot interest from UVA, Wake Forest, basically all the ACC schools, Big East, SEC schools, a couple Big Ten – Michigan, and there's been some interest from Nebraska."

Nebraska and Michigan State like Bond at wide receiver, but most schools are just recruiting him as an athlete. Coach Watford feels Bond will do just fine wherever he is played.

"He's just a tremendous athlete," he said. "He can play running back, cornerback, and receiver. He can do just about anything.

"He's very dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands, he catches really well, he's an excellent return guy, but his open field running ability might be the best that I've ever seen. He's very elusive, and has great change of direction."

With track and basketball monopolizing much of his time since the end of the football season, Bond hasn't had a chance to assess his recruitment enough to name a leader. However, two schools have been on his mind as of late.

"It's really early, but I know he likes Miami and Virginia Tech," said Watford. "Miami hasn't offered yet, but they're very interested."

Last season, Bond played slotback – a hybrid tailback/receiver position in the flexbone offense – for Hertfort County. The position highlighted his ability as a runner and a receiver allowing Bond to rush for 922 yards and 18 touchdowns on 100 rushes, and catch 16 passes for 394 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 6 more touchdowns on special teams. Bond's statistics helped led Hertford County to a 9-6 record and earned him the All-Conference Player of the Year.

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