Signing Day Impact Antonio Underwood

Antonio Underwood might have set the Ohio State record for quickest commitment in school history, when he accepted the offer from head coach Jim Tressel minutes after it was extended. Underwood is prepared to begin his career as a Buckeye after faxing his letter of intent.

Of the three Ohio State offensive guard prospects in their 2011 recruiting class, Antonio Underwood might be the most advanced player, and the one most ready to receive playing time next season.

Underwood, 6-foot-3, 295-pounds, starred on both sides of the football for Shaker Heights in 2010, and while he will probably start out on the offensive line, he could also play defensive tackle for the Buckeyes.

The graduation of both starting guards, Justin Boren and Bryant Browning, probably guarantees one of the three newcomers will see playing time next season, and Underwood will battle fellow freshmen Tommy Brown and Chris Carter.

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Underwood is another physical player, and the hope is the nastiness he showed in high school translates to the college game. He could hit the two-deep in a rotation with Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall, and others next season.

"A wide bodied high school tackle who will be a guard in college, Underwood has also played inside at times during high school. He is aggressive, mean and gets into his man, especially in the run game. He's a naturally strong kid who plays with good leverage. In pass protection though, he's beat by finesse and speed rushers. In general, he needs some weight room and conditioning work before he'll be ready to play at the college level." -Allen Trieu

Underwood on his future:

"I went to Ohio State today with my grandfather, and I received my offer from (head coach) Jim Tressel," Underwood stated. "We got there around 10:00 AM, and we viewed the facility and toured the campus. Then we sat with (offensive line coach) Jim Bollman, and met with him for about 20 minutes."

"Then they took us into Coach Tressel's office, and he told us I had the offer," he continued. "My grandfather got kind of emotional, and asked Coach Tressel if we could step out into the hallway. My grandfather said if Ohio State is the right place for me, that I should get back in that room and shake the man's hand, and tell him I would accept it. That's exactly what I did."

"I was surprised, but I was hopeful they would offer," he explained. "It was funny because before I got my offer from Coach Tressel, when we were with Coach Bollman he kept talking about how much I could play and stuff. I started thinking maybe I got this offer, but I didn't want to get ahead of myself. This is truly an answer to prayer, and I give all thanks to God."


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