As one of the top football and baseball prospects in Virginia, Ryan Pond has attracted plenty of attention this recruiting season. While he's keeping his options open, he does have a few leaders at this point in the recruiting process.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound quarterback from Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and carries a 4.2 Grade Point Average. As a junior pitcher for Western Branch he posted a 6-1 record with a 1.09 ERA and also boasted a .643 average at the plate. In football, he has his favorites.
"My favorites are Clemson, Virginia Tech, UVA, Auburn, UNC and NC State," said Pond. "I can't really pencil in any of those ahead of the others, so I'll just say they're in a pack. Clemson has offered a scholarship to play football and I think the others will eventually offer."
What will be the biggest factors in Pond's decision?
"I don't want to have to decide whether to play football in baseball in college. That's a decision I don't want to face. So far everyone has been receptive to me when I say I want to play both sports, so that's going to be very important. I want to play somewhere that has a strong athletic history, and I would like to play in a competitive conference."
Pond won't decide until the very end of the process.
"I plan on making my decision on Signing Day, but possibly a little earlier," he said. "Virginia, Clemson and Auburn are recruiting me the hardest and I hope a few more schools offer. I don't want to commit somewhere just because it's my only choice."
As a junior Pond passed for almost 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns at Western Branch.
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