North Alabama Prospect Looking at SEC Teams

This talented big man from North Alabama talks recruiting and about his relationship with a current SEC football player.

Leighton, Ala.--One of the most athletic big men in Alabama for 2008 says that while he doesn't have any offers at the moment, he is hearing from several top schools around the South.

Massive Demarkus Underwood from Colbert County High is the latest in a long line of prospects from the talent-rich school and he says at the moment he's just hoping to attract more attention as he heads into the summer.

"I'm hearing from Tennessee, Ole Miss and Alabama for the most part," Underwood says. "I don't have any offers yet. I'm also interested in Florida State, but I really want to play my college football in the SEC."

Another school that the 6-5, 305 Underwood is interested in is the Auburn Tigers. Saying he will camp at Auburn as well as Tennessee this summer, Underwood notes that Auburn has a lot going for it with former Colbert County standout Jermarcus Ricks being the main reason why the Tigers are interesting to him.

"He taught me most of what I know about playing defensive tackle," Underwood says of Ricks. "When I was growing up I wanted to be an offensive tackle, but when me and Jake started to get close he taught me to be a defensive tackle. I still talk to him about twice a month. He just tells me about college life and about the academic side of things and about two-a-days."

Both Ricks and brother Courtney Harden are currently at Auburn, making Colbert County a mini pipeline to the Plains in recent years. While he admits he listens when Ricks talks, he also hears what the big man has to say and says it's important to him that he has Ricks to help him through the recruiting process and not pressure him.

"He told me not to make my college choice not because he went somewhere or his brother went somewhere," Underwood says. "He told me to pick my school because it feels like home. That helps me a lot because Jake is one of my role models. I look up to him a whole lot."

Not only is Ricks his role model, but he's almost a model as Underwood looks eerily similar to Ricks on the field. Playing both tackle and noseguard for the Indians since his 9th grade season, Underwood had a solid junior year with 60 tackles and eight sacks. He says the strength of his game is just his love of playing more than anything.

"I like to play the three-technique and the one-technique," Underwood says. "I just like to get after it on the field. I like to play football."

Also a standout in basketball for the Indians, Underwood averaged 15 points and 11 rebound per game as a junior.

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