2011 Intro: Shaun Underwood

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. --- Fuquay-Varina's offense accumulated approximately 5,000 yards on the ground last season. Although none of those yards will show up on his stat sheet, Shaun Underwood had a huge hand in almost all of them from his guard position.

"We're a wing-T offense, so we're pulling the guards probably 75-80-percent of the time. So he pulls a lot," Fuquay-Varina head football coach Ryan Habich said. "He's pulling on buck sweep and down sweep. He pulls and makes a lot of blocks downfield. A lot of times he's faster than our wing backs.

"He'll make pancake blocks 50 yards downfield. So he's not five yards and stop, he'll run 50 yards down the field making blocks."

Underwood, a 6-foot-2, 315-pounder, also starts at defensive tackle for Fuquay-Varina. He registered 83 tackles last fall and 55 during his sophomore season.

Fuquay-Varina's defense utilizes multiple fronts. When in an even-front (typically four linemen), Underwood lines up at three-technique (rush tackle). But in an odd-front (three or five linemen), he'll be at either nose tackle or four-technique (tackle).

Underwood is being recruited as both an offensive guard and defensive tackle. Habich believes Underwood could excel at any interior line position on either side of the ball.

"It's hard [to choose one position] because I think he could play either," Habich said. "He could be an ideal three-technique in an even-front, because he's athletic and he's physical. He could play a guard or center also because he's so athletic and coaches, especially in the spread, want their [offensive] linemen to be able to move."

Seven schools have offered Underwood a scholarship – Duke, East Carolina, New Mexico, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

"Every school has basically offered once they've seen his tape and saw [Underwood in-person]," Habich said. "Not many schools have turned him down… Everyday we're getting more requests for transcripts and film."

Besides his seven offering schools, Underwood is fielding significant interest from Florida, Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio State.

"I think any school that sees his highlight [film] likes his athleticism," Habich said. "He's a kid that weighs about 315 [pounds] that runs in the 4.9 [second] range [in the 40-yard dash], but is very fluid on the field – the way he runs. Teams love his ability to play defense or offense. He's so raw – he has so much potential."

Although he doesn't claim any favorites, Underwood is looking hard at the in-state schools.

"After taking in Wake Forest, it looks pretty good to me – there are a lot of advantages of going to their college," Underwood said. "[I like] UNC, because I grew a fan. And of course, [I like] all the schools in the state, because I'd like to be close to home. But you never know, [I could go out of state]."

Underwood said he believes he'll make a verbal commitment at the end of the football season.

He attended Wake Forest's Junior Day a couple of weekends back. He has also attended a junior day at NC State and plans to be on hand for UNC's Junior Day on March 27.

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