Will it be WSU or a Big Ten school for midyear JUCO linebacker Nick Underwood? He's planning to sign Wednesday, three-to-play-three

HE WAS A surprise visitor to Washington State this weekend. And JUCO linebacker Nick Underwood will be deciding in the next 48 hours where he’ll be spending his next three years. The 6-2, 230-pounder just left Pullman and told Cougfan.com it’s a two-team race between WSU and a Big Ten school.

12/13 UPDATE: Underwood announced on Twitter Tuesday he'll be signing with Maryland.

Will it be Washington State or Maryland for Underwood?

The Riverside City College sophomore took a last-minute trip to Pullman on Saturday night. He tells CF.C he just left the WSU campus on Monday afternoon. He tripped to WSU right after his official visit to Maryland.

“Coach Ken Wilson called me on Thursday night while I was still at Maryland actually,” Underwood told CF.C. “He told me that the coaches watched my film and that they’ve been looking at me for a while. They wanted to get me to visit before the dead period came around. We were able to make it happen.

“The visit was fun. I saw all of the facilities and it’s a real big college town. It’s really pretty out here. I hadn’t seen snow in a while, so that was cool. Everything was top notch.”

Underwood has picked up offers this cycle from WSU, Maryland, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and a handful of others.

In a recent interview with the Maryland Scout.com affiliate, Underwood said the Terrapins were his favorite. But following his WSU trip, did things change?

“I don’t want to say which school is leading,” Underwood said. “Both schools have great things to offer me. They were both impressive and had wonderful things. I’m going to get home and talk with my parents and friends and make the best decision.”

He won’t have much time to think about his decision, however, as he is planning on signing with either the Cougars or Terrapins on Wednesday morning, the first day of the midyear signing period. Underwood said he'll sign Wednesday and then be at the college of his choice in January and be able to go through spring drills.

The JUCO prospect, who has three years to play three, did say that he’s been a fan of Pac-12 football for most of his life. Underwood grew up in Oregon and then signed with Air Force as a high school senior. He spent one year at Air Force (didn’t play) before leaving for Riverside.

“Growing up, it was always a dream of mine to play in the Pac-12,” Underwood said. “My dad went to UCLA and we would always watch a lot of Pac-12 (then Pac-10) games. It’s a conference I’ve always wanted to play in.”

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Will that tip the scales in WSU's favor? We’ll find out soon enough on Wednesday.


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