Trey Bond joined an elite group of West Carter graduates Wednesday afternoon as he signed his national letter of intent to Eastern Kentucky University.
Bond’s signing with the Colonels put him among only a handful of West Carter football players who have received the opportunity to compete with a Division 1 program.
“In looking at this accomplishment, it is tremendous. Not a lot of players get the opportunity to do that. You have less than a 1 percent chance of going on to the Division 1 level,” said West Carter head Coach Daniel Barker.
“EKU is a getting a great football player and an even better person. I am glad we get to keep wearing some maroon.”
During his senior season with the Comets, Bond had 76 yards rushing, 52 yards receiving, 61 tackles, two defensive sacks, two fumble recoveries, an interception and scored 16 points. He was part of only the second class at West Carter to have never lost a game to East Carter.
“From the first day he came to us, I was so proud of him. There was never a time we asked him to do something and he didn’t do it or try to do it. He was always trying to meet our expectations,” said Barker.
Bond’s passion for his sport and his love for being a team player made him a leader among the Comet’s line up. He gave 100 percent on and off the field, according to his coaches Barker and Kevin Brown.
Brown recalled Bond working over a six-hour shift for fundraisers and working the entire Thanksgiving dinner just to help out his team.
“He is one of the best young men I have had the privilege to coach,” said Brown. “I talked to him over a year ago about wanting to go to EKU. He kept that goal and we are so very proud to be here celebrating this day with him.”
Bond had to take a moment to soak it in. Not only will he be continuing to his football career, he will also be studying fire science to begin his career in firefighting.
“It is a different kind of feeling. It is not like anything I have felt before, but it’s a good feeling. I am pretty excited,” said Bond “Being able to go to the same school I am playing football at and having the degree I want to pursue, it is pretty awesome.”
Bond has been a volunteer at the Olive Hill Fire Department since he turned 16. Following in his father’s footsteps as a volunteer firefighter and a West Carter football player, Bond found his passion.
“It was just part of growing up into it. It was a career path that I wanted to try out and see what it was like. Once I was a couple years into it, it was pretty much where I wanted to go,” said Bond.
Bond will begin his future with the Colonels this summer.