"When I committed to NC State, I did it because they are a young team with a great coaching staff," said Underwood. "I see them as a team on the rise, and I would like to be a part of something special like that. I think I can come in and help their offense keep getting better."
He visited the Wolfpack in the spring and that trip left an impression.
"They've been on my mind ever since that visit," said Underwood. "It was nice. Everything they showed me down there was brand new. I saw all of their facilities, met some players, and liked everything that I had a chance to see."
At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Underwood is an explosive wideout who plays with great balance and has terrific acceleration. He has great hands and is a terror for defenses as a slot receiver, but he could also impact on special teams or on the defensive side of the ball at conerback. When analysts talk about a player possessing an extra gear, Underwood has that gear as he has been timed as fast as 4.32 in the 40-yard dash.
Following his junior season, he received All-League First Team honors at receiver after catching 40 passes for 573 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned 19 kicks for 396 yards and a touchdown. The coaching staff at Cleveland Heights put together his highlight film and started distributing it to various colleges.
Once the spring evaluation period rolled around, offers started flowing in. Cincinnati and Colorado were the first to offer scholarships, followed by West Virginia and North Carolina. Tulsa, Texas Tech, Kansas, NC State, Boston College, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Michigan followed. Prior to the start of his senior season, Underwood had his choice of schools he could attend as most of the Big East, Big Ten, ACC, and Big 12 had offered him a scholarship.
A coveted recruit, the three-star prospect stated the Wolfpack coaches were excited to hear the news. Recruited by NC State offensive line coach Don Horton, Underwood first spoke with him before talking to head coach Tom O'Brien.
"I could tell the coaches were happy," said Underwood. "They said they were happy I made a good choice and they wanted to welcome me to the Wolfpack family. They said they like how I have a second gear that most players they recruit don't have. They said it was good to get me in there and they wanted me to continue working in the classroom and on the field."
Despite his early commitment, other programs continue to recruit Underwood but he maintains that his verbal is solid.
"Cincinnati has been in touch with me and so has Purdue, Louisville, and Kansas," he stated. "I'm ready to get to NC State though. I'm really excited to be committed to them and get down there and practice with the team.
"When I watch them play I know that all the talent they have is so young. I can come in and play with all of them. With them having all young players, I think three years down the road we can be really good."
Jr. Highlights: WR Bryan Underwood -
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