At 6-7, 315 pounds, Bertie (Windsor, N.C.) star senior Travis Bond shouldn’t be hard to spot when he attends Virginia Tech’s home football game against Duke this weekend. The offensive tackle/defensive lineman prospect plans to be in Blacksburg on an official visit, which will be his first ever experience at Virginia Tech.
“I know Virginia Tech has got a lot of great players there,” Bond said. “I really want to check out the education there. I want to know the top things they offer education-wise. I’ll check out the coaches. And I want to see if the atmosphere fits me.”
Asked why he chose Virginia Tech as an official visit destination, Bond answered, “They’ve been recruiting me since I was a freshman. They stuck around. I’ve never been there, so I’ll see how it is.”
This official visit will be Bond’s second, as he traveled to the University of Michigan earlier this fall. He will follow the Virginia Tech trip with an official visit to N.C. State next weekend and then an official visit to UNC on the weekend of December 5th-7th. Bond says East Carolina and South Carolina are other schools under consideration.
Virginia Tech will have its chance to impress, but for now one home-state school appears to have the edge (though Bond did not state a favorite).
“I think [UNC] would be a good fit,” Bond said. UNC is a program he has unofficially visited twice this season. “They are winning, have a great education, coaches and the atmospheres have just been great at the games I went to. They see me starting right away there.”
An excellent athlete for his size, Bond, who is being considered to play in the Under Armour All-American game, has been timed in the 40-yard dash in under 4.9 seconds. He also plays on the varsity basketball squad and has talent on the hard court.
A talented player as an offensive tackle and as a defensive end, Bond is being recruited by his six finalists to play on the offensive line.
“College coaches like my character, my ability and my leadership on the field,” Bond said.
TSL will follow up with Bond following his weekend visit, so stay tuned for more in the coming days.
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