Underwood Recaps Official Visit

During his official visit over the weekend, North Carolina verbal commitment Shawn Underwood got better acquainted with the college experience and aimed to assist in UNC's recruiting efforts.

He was assigned the task of helping recruit fellow defensive tackle Phillip Dukes, who was also taking an official visit.

"I really don't know how things went with [Dukes], to be honest with you," Underwood said. "I was just trying to see how he was feeling, as far as what he liked about school and different schools. He wasn't much of a talker."

Besides doubling as a recruiter, Underwood was able to spent significant time with current players and see their lifestyles – something the 6-foot-2, 318-pounder from Fuquay-Varina wasn't able to do during previous trips to the campus.

"The college life was exciting," Underwood said. "It was nice meeting and getting to know [the players]."

Specifically, Underwood really clicked with early enrollees T.J. Thorpe and Landon Turner.

"I already knew T.J.," Underwood said. "We just played games and went out to eat and talked – nothing too special."

Donte Pagie-Moss was Underwood's player host for the weekend.

"He's a funny guy," Underwood said. "We went to Kevin Reddick's house and hung out."

Underwood and his mother arrived on campus at 6 p.m. on Friday.

On Saturday, Underwood attended the UNC basketball game against ACC rival NC State and watched film with newly hired defensive line coach Brian Baker.

"He was showing me what he would be doing as far as coaching the players," Underwood said.

Before leaving campus around noon on Sunday, Underwood had the customary meeting with Butch Davis.

"[He discussed] basically what his goals were for the team and what he's moving towards," Underwood said.

Underwood verbally committed to UNC in mid-July and while the NCAA probe and resignation of defensive line coach John Blake gave him pause, he's secure in his plan to be a Tar Heel.

"I feel like it was a good decision [to commit to UNC]," Underwood said. "There were a lot of ups and downs, but it was a great decision."

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