"Curtis is chomping at the bit to get down there to NC State," said Lackawanna head coach Bruce Lakso. "We received the news that he had to wait until the first of August to enroll just hours before his flight was scheduled to leave. He will be heading down there then.
"His grades are fine, but we received a call from coach Swepson saying that the Clearinghouse hadn't received all of his paperwork in time for enrollment in NC State's second summer session."
"We didn't finish our last day of school until around June 23rd," coach Lakso added. "Coach Swepson said that it seems kids from up north finish a little later. I think that could have been the problem... I don't know if the NCAA Clearinghouse needs to extend that date a little bit or not, I just don't know."
Underwood was NC State's only tailback commitment in the 2007 class.
"Curtis is right around 212 pounds, and he played both ways for us at running back and linebacker," said Coach Lakso. "The plan is still to use him at running back. He had a big year for us, and I think he's a special player."
Coach Latsko raves about his star player's ability on the gridiron and what he brings to the table off the field.
"He broke so many records at our high school, and we've had a list of running backs come out of our high school to play well," said coach Lakso. "He was on the field for everything. He returned kicks, he returned punts, he played defense, and he played offense. He made big plays throughout his high school career. He's a four-year varsity starter and he loves the weight room.
"Curtis is the most personable kid... you talk to him, and he's very polite and down-to-earth. He's just a great kid. Anything you ask him to do he will do. He just has a smile that is very contagious. I can't say enough great things about Curtis."
After rushing for 1,344 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, Underwood followed that up with a fabulous senior season that helped lead Lackawanna to a state championship. On the year he tallied 2,114 yards and 21 touchdowns and was named the top player in western New York.
Underwood flew under the recruiting radar, but the new NC State coaches knew all about him as they pursued him while at Boston College. After a stellar senior season, teams like Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Syracuse tried to get involved, but Underwood committed to NC State following an official visit.
SCOUTING REPORT: "At 6-0, 215 pounds, Curtis Underwood is a load at running back. He has tremendous lower body strength and is nearly impossible to arm tackle. He runs extremely hard and squeezes every yard out of each run. Underwood doesn't use a lot of shake and bake but he is shifty and deceptively fast- often causing opposing defenders to take bad angles. He runs with good shoulder lean and keeps his feet moving, making him difficult to corral.
"Underwood appears to be more comfortable running outside the tackles but when he sees a hole in the middle he shows no hesitation and explodes through it quickly. With time, Underwood should become a major contributor on offense for the Wolfpack." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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