Travis Bond, the 6-foot-7, 330-pound four-star offensive tackle from Bertie High School in Windsor, N.C., took his first official visit on Oct. 25 to Michigan for the Michigan State game.
"The game was awesome," Bond said. "It was something seeing that many people at a football game. I've never seen something like that before."
Even though the Wolverines lost to their in-state rival, Bond says that didn't diminish his experience. "It was still a great time," he said. "We had a lot of fun."
Besides the game, Bond says he enjoyed learning about the tradition at Michigan. "I liked getting to learn all the history about the team," he said. "They've got some great tradition.
"I also really like the campus," Bond said. "It was real big and very pretty."
Another thing that made an impression on Bond was the weather in Ann Arbor. "It was cold," he said. "Very cold. But they said that it's not even winter yet. Some guys were in t-shirts and stuff while I was wearing a coat. They thought that was funny, but I'm sure I'd get used to it."
Bond says he also got to know coach Rich Rodriguez better. "I think they are still rebuilding," he said. "They'll get better once coach Rod gets some more recruits in. They need guys who can run the spread and run his offense and fit his system and they seem to be recruiting really well.
"They told me that I should be ready to play right away if I go there," he said. "They think I could be a very effective lineman for them."
Next up on Bond's agenda is an official visit to North Carolina State on Nov. 15. "I like how they always seem to have some good players and the education there is good too."
The Wolfpack are only about two hours from Bond's house, but he says that's not a factor. "North Carolina is about two hours away too," he said. "I don't really care if I'm close or not."
On Nov. 22, Bond will be tripping to Virginia Tech for the Duke game. "I like their academics," he said. "They are a very prestigious program and are still getting better."
Bond also plans to visit No. 21 North Carolina in December, but isn't sure about the date. "It might be the sixth," he said. "I'm not sure yet. It'll depend on when the Shrine game is."
He says that the Tar Heels are the team that have impressed him the most this season. "They are doing real good," he said. "They have a lot of great players and are starting to turn it around.
"I really like coach Butch Davis and his philosophy about football," Bond said. "He's starting to make it work. He believes in building championships and hard work and thinks that should be applied to everything. It's all about having the right attitude."
Bond, Scout.com's No. 16 offensive tackle nationwide, has already attended a few games in Chapel Hill (when the Tar Heels took on Virginia and Notre Dame), but doesn't plan on going to any others.
He says he wants to major in business and reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1060 SAT.