UNC Takes Lead for Underwood

After camping at North Carolina, Shawn Underwood says UNC is his clear cut leader.

"I really like the coaching staff," Underwood said. "The coaching staff is very close knit and it's like they know you like you've been around them for a while. They are really easy to get along with. The coaching staff is just amazing to me."

Heading into the camp, UNC was second in Underwood's mind to Wake Forest. Now, the Tar Heels are the ones with the big lead for the 6-foot-2, 318-pounder from Fuquay-Varina (N.C.).

"Basically, it's a blowout [for UNC]," Underwood said.

Despite the large lead, Underwood isn't ready to make a verbal commitment just yet.

"I'm going to take my visits this summer and which school I feel most comfortable with, it's basically done," Underwood said.

This coming weekend, Underwood is supposed to visit Wake Forest and NC State. He also plans to make summer trips to Florida, Penn State, South Carolina, and maybe Ohio State.

All of the aforementioned schools have offered Underwood a scholarship, except Florida and Ohio State.

Accompanied by his mother, Underwood attended the Saturday morning session of UNC's first two-day camp. Unlike most campers who participate in hopes of earning a scholarship offer, Underwood worked out for other reasons.

"I felt like [working out at camp] was a big step to getting to know the UNC coaches," Underwood said. "Instead of a couple of coaches, you get to see everyone else and how they coach and act."

Underwood, who is being looked at as both an offensive guard and defensive tackle, worked out exclusively with the defensive linemen.

"When I talked to them earlier this year, we figured out that I was just going to play defense [if I were to come to UNC]," Underwood said.

Underwood wasn't coached by John Blake during the actual camp session. Blake was tending to other obligations on campus.

During one-on-one drills, Underwood was so dominant that the coaches ran him through a gauntlet of offensive linemen hoping to find someone who could stop him.

"They wanted to see if what they saw on my highlight film was a fluke," Underwood said. "I just tried to use the stuff that they taught me [during the camp session]."

When the camp session concluded, Blake made his way to the practice field and worked out Underwood individually.

"We did the ladder drills, which tested your foot quickness, and we did bag drills, which [tests] lateral quickness," Underwood said.

Following the camp session, Underwood and his mother ate lunch with John Shoop, his area recruiter.

"We talked about grades and how much my mom and I really liked the place," Underwood said. "My mom really felt like I should go there, but I'm going to wait."

Underwood and his mother then met with Butch Davis in his office.

"He wanted to know the most important thing, as far as my mom is concerned, which is academics," Underwood said. "He also wanted to know what I would like to major in."

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