Travis Bond attended his first North Carolina game last weekend with the intentions of checking out…
Sweeping the Southeast: Travis Bond
Travis Bond of Bertie HS (NC) is one of the most valuable prospects on the circuit. Why? Because games are won and lost along the LOS, and he is an absolute difference maker. Standing 6'7 and weighing in at 323 pounds, the Windsor native is both a coach's dream and defensive lineman's nightmare. His team is struggling through a substandard year (2-4), but they are 1-0 in conference play. Regardless, the mammoth OT is staying the course and showing tremendous resolve as a leader, through the good and the bad. Scout caught up with the 4-star and #15 rated OT to see who might have a chance to land his services, and you might be interested to see what he said. Bonds is a massive talent at a pivotal position How is the season going so far? "We're 2-4 right now and things are looking better," he said. "We're 1-0 in conference." "We played our tough games early and while it's tough now, it should help us down the road," he said. Being a senior and one of the top players on your team, the guys must look to you to be a leader. "They do, both on the field and in the classroom," he said. "And I have to make sure that I'm always setting a good example." In today's football world, the top guys have so much to deal with: classes, leadership responsibilities, constant calls (like this one) trying to get interviews, pressure from family, friends and community members about where to go, and the list goes on and on. All things considered, have you had a chance to sit down and see just how or where things stand in regard to your future? And, if you do have a list, could you share your thoughts on each school? "I don't really have a Top Seven or anything, but I do have schools that I am interested in," he said. "There is no real order but they are... East Carolina—great school, great coaches. I like the program and I like what they are doing so far. Maryland—don't know too much about them, but I like the school and they have some big wins. Michigan—man, they have great history and great players. They have had a lot of Heisman winners, too. I like the coaches and growing up I never would have thought that this might happen. I have an official on the 25th of October. North Carolina—I love North Carolina and I love the coaches...They have a good program. North Carolina State—I love some of the players that come from there like Mario Williams, I know I will get a great education, because they have a good education background. Wake Forest—they have a good education background and have gotten some big wins. Virginia Tech—they are a great football team, have some great athletes. They also have a good education background and good coaches. I will probably visit them sometime this week or next. UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State are all looking and all are shockers, the way they are contacting me. Is anybody recruiting you the hardest? "North Carolina, NC State, Michigan, ECU and Virginia Tech," he said. What are you looking for in a school? "Education is first and then I want to feel more like I'm at home," he said. "The school atmosphere is important, but the coaching staff has to be more of a parent and teacher than a coach...they have to be somebody that will be there all the time." Is there anything (distance, etc.) that will eliminate a school? "Probably not." The Travis Bond Sweepstakes is going to do nothing but heat up and this one could easily go down to the wire. You can count on Scout to keep you posted with the latest information. Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.
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