Tide Signee: Vestavia Tight End

Vestavia, (Ala.) tight end Chris Underwood was a big surprise when he committed to the University of Alabama. He faxed in his letter of intent to Tucaloosa today and talks of his decision. Coach Buddy Anderson talks high of his incredible athlete.

Chris Underwood was holding scholarship offers from UCLA and Southern Miss prior to coach Nick Saban extending an offer. It did not take long for the tight end to make a decision.

"Alabama is always where I wanted to go," said Chris Underwood from Vestavia, (Ala.). "I have been an Alabama fan my whole life. As a little kid going to the games I have always wanted to play there."

"I am a good blocker," Underwood said of his strengths. "I have good hands, and I feel that I run good routes. Blocking is what I do best. That's what I really like to do."

"He's an excellent player," Vestavia head coach Buddy Anderson said. "I've been here for 35 years, and I'm not saying he's the best, but he is as good of a blocking tight end as I have ever had. He has good hands. He is a leader. He is a class individual."

"The original (Alabama) staff told us that they had enough tight ends. That was not a position they were recruiting. Then they were replaced. The tight end coach at Alabama watched the film and said that he was the best he saw, and he really liked him. He's the one he wanted. The other offensive coach looked at it, and they were just waiting on coach Saban to look at it. Chris was actually going to commit to UCLA the next day. They got him up for a visit that weekend and offered him."

"I'm not real big on statistics because we've got to play with our kids no matter what and our approach is total a team approach, but I'll give you what I've got. He had 13 receptions 218 yards (16.8 yard average) and three touchdowns."

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