Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: No. 114 wide receiver
Size: 5-9, 165 pounds
Hometown: Cleveland Heights High School, University Heights, OH
Projected position at NC State: Wide receiver
Accolades: Named all-Sun northeast...rated the No. 72 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN...ranked as a three-star prospect and the No. 59 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com...rated the No. 4 wide receiver in Ohio by Ohio Varsity.com...named the No. 42 player in Ohio by Ohio High Magazine
Commit Date: 10/2/2008
Recruiting Scene: Making an early impression can be key on the recruiting trail and that was certainly the case with Underwood and NC State. The Pack has placed a greater emphasis on the state of Ohio and Underwood was clearly a prospect from the state that the Wolfpack liked early on. He made an unofficial visit to Raleigh during the spring of 2008 and that trip was huge for State. Despite boasting offers from Cincinnati, Colorado, Texas Tech, Kansas, Boston College and Pittsburgh among others, Underwood kept going back to his initial visit to NC State and no other school was able to overcome the Pack's early lead.
In October of this past year Underwood publically committed to NC State and despite heavy interest from Cincinnati, stuck with the Pack throughout.
Why NCSU?: "When I committed to NC State, I did it because they are a young team with a great coaching staff. 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.
Duane Long, Ohio High Magazine: "I prefer big receivers but there is an old expression that "speed kills'. There is a place in the game for the smaller players if they bring speed to the game. Brian Underwood is one of those players that can change the game with one touch.
I don't know if he is really 5-10 but for what he brings to the game it really doesn't matter. He gets open, he catches really well and then he hits the clutch and finds a gear that very few players can.
And the best thing about it is, he knows it.
Some players that have speed do not have confidence in it. Underwood kicks in that gear and knows he is going to run by everyone chasing him. He has run 4.31 40 and that time was recorded independently, not at school.
I am going to hear he is too small until about January. That is always the case. Schools find reasons not to offer a player and they are focused on what is wrong with a player. The closer we get to signing day, the more they will remember why he is on the board in the first place.
He is also a great kick returner.
Jr. Highlights: WR Bryan Underwood -
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