Though he's only a junior and is just now beginning to realize his wealth of potential, Shaun Underwood is no longer a secret in many recruiting circles.
He may have flown under the radar for his sophomore season and into last summer, but Underwood was already on the minds of many college coaches before this year even began. The best evidence of that is the offer he received from NC State on September 1. The Wolfpack’s pledge came on the heels of stellar performance at State’s football camp held last summer.
"Not too long ago the defensive line coach from State was at the school,” said Underwood. “He’s been saying that I'd be an asset to the team. He said I was the best technique-wise that he's seen in a while at my position. I'm most definitely interested in them."
Underwood already has a good idea of what NC State can offer a young football player and student-athlete. He attended the Pack's games against South Carolina, Maryland and North Carolina this year, and said he enjoyed each of those trips.
"I have offers from ECU and Duke, too," he said. "Other schools that are interested are New Mexico, Wake Forest, Florida, Alabama, Ohio State and some others."
The 6-2, 280-pound two-way lineman from Fuquay-Varina attended East Carolina's season opener earlier this year, not long after the Pack's opener against the Gamecocks.
"I went there (to ECU) not as a recruit or anything, but just on my own," he clarified. "I did go to Florida State's game against South Florida as a recruit. I had a good time down there."
On the year Underwood recorded 83 tackles. As a sophomore for Fuquay-Varina he tallied 55 total stops to go along with five sacks.
He said most schools are recruiting him as a defensive tackle.