Colton Underwood Impressing College Scouts

Illinois football coach Ron Zook and staff like to interchange defensive lineman throughtout the game to throw different looks at the opposing offensive line. As a result, the defensive line is of vital importance during recruiting. One player who has caught the eye of the coaching staff is Colton Underwood.

Washington High School completed a tremendous 10-2 season last fall, led by junior Colton Underwood. After losing to rival Metamora in the second game of the season, the Illinois school reeled off 9 consecutive regular season and postseason wins before losing in the third round of the state playoffs to a familiar foe.

"We made it to the third round of the state playoffs," Underwood explains. "We lost to state runnerup Metamora. Next season looks very promising as we return a lot of players. The whole backfield, our quarterback and all-conference running back, is coming back.

"We're only losing four guys on the defensive side. We had a very strong junior class. Metamora is our biggest rival and we lost twice to them this past season. It definitely gives up something to look forward to and provides us with motivation during summer workouts."

The 6'-4", 255 pound defensive has played on both sides of the ball in his two year varsity career. 2007 was a record-breaking year for him.

"I had 18 solo sacks, a school single season record. I have 24 sacks for my career, a school career record. On the season I had 46.5 tackles, 37 solo tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 blocked kicks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception. For my career, I have 70.5 tackles and 49 solo tackles."

"For my career on the offensive side of the ball, I have 247 carries for 1,318 yards. I also have 9 receptions for 133 yards and have scored 11 total touchdowns."

Colton's future in college, however, is on the defensive line.

"I think my pass rushing skills are my strongest point as a defensive end, but I need to work becoming more hands-on with my blocking and working on getting better separation."

Colton's recruitment is beginning to heat up, with a definite Big 10 flavor to it.

"Illinois, Purdue, Illinois State, Wisconsin, NIU, and Iowa have all sent me letters and been in contact. I've taken some game day visits to Illinois for the homecoming game against Minnesota and for the Eastern Illinois game.

"Kurt Beathard is my recruiting coach at Illinois. Illinois and Iowa are standing out. I'd like to see more interest from Iowa though. Distance won't be a factor for me. I'm looking at how I get along with the coaching staff and the coaching philosophies at each school."

Colton was born in the Hoosier state and was a fan of the Cream and Crimson in his early years.

"I lived in Indiana for a while. When I was a kid, I probably grew up an Indiana fan, but when we moved to Illinois and lived in Illinois I've become more of an Illinois fan."

Colton just recently took the ACT and reports that he maintains over a 3.0 GPA.

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