|Although in the fall he is seen more on the football field than on a baseball field, Lindbergh High School senior Brock Bond recently decided that diamonds are a guy's best friend as he recently committed to attend the University of Arkansas on a baseball scholarship. Pictured, from left, are: Al Bond, Coach Darin Scott, Bond and Christine Bond. (click for larger version)|
Lindbergh's Bond signs letter of intent to play baseball at University of Arkansas
Brock Bond has become a "hog.''
Though many would view such a statement as being a bit harsh, the Lindbergh High School senior is quite proud of it. In fact, he'll have to learn how to "call the hogs" in the near future.
Bond, who plays football and baseball at Lindbergh, recently signed a letter of intent with the University of Arkansas baseball team.
"We're all proud of Brock," Lindbergh baseball coach Darin Scott told the Call. "Coach Van Horn has something really special going on down there."
Bond is a four-year starter on Lindbergh's varsity baseball team where he plays second base. He plans to major in business while at Arkansas. Playing for the Flyers last season, Bond carried a solid .328 batting average in which he drove in 16 runs on 22 hits. He will be looked upon as being one of the keys to Lindbergh's success this year on the diamond.
"We're really looking for Brock to have a solid spring season," Scott said. "He knows where he's going now and won't have to worry about the recruiting process."
The recruiting process was quite simple, according to Bond.
After making his first official campus visit, Bond was so impressed with the staff and facilities at Arkansas, he realized that his choice already was made. Bond's decision was much different than many student-athletes that are bombarded by numerous coaches as they try to entice a recruit to attend their school.
Yet probably the toughest thing for Bond to do was to call coaches throughout the nation to tell him that he was signing with the Razorbacks.
"The toughest part was calling the other coaches and telling them where I was going," Bond explained.
Bond also is a very accomplished quarterback/defensive back on the Lindbergh football team and helped lead the Flyers to the state championship game last year.
Before Saturday's game in which the Flyers were defeated by Hazelwood Central, the senior had thrown for 2,044 yards with 18 touchdowns and only eight interceptions
for a quarterback rating of 105.293. On the ground Bond had rushed for a team-leading 578 yards.
But it is Brock's older brother Brandon who provides a solid dose of inspiration whether he's stepping out onto a football field or the baseball diamond. Brandon currently is a sophomore at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
In fact, Brock had hoped that his older brother would have the opportunity to watch him play for the first time if the Flyers had advanced to the state football championship game at the Edward Jones Dome.
"Watching him (Brandon) play at quarterback at Lindbergh all four years kind of set the tone for me in the years to come," Brock Bond said. "He's a great leader and very supportive of me. If we get to the dome, it will be his first game of watching me play on the varsity team."
Bond said he's sure he'll attend Arkansas — unless a major league team assures him of a high draft pick, which could make things quite interesting.
"I'm planning on going to Arkansas and playing there," Bond said. "I've gotten some calls from major league scouts and would consider that. I would have to go pretty high in the draft to go pro. I'm going to Arkansas because I've got a good chance to play as a freshman."